Back to “Normal”
Oct23

Back to “Normal”

How was your Yom Tov? Mine was wonderful. First I experienced the awesome spiritual heights of being in Uman for Rosh HaShanah, then the solemn upliftedness of the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, and then eight joyous days together with my family in the sukkah. But the Sunday after was very difficult. Besides all the schlepping, like taking down the sukkah and cleaning up after Yom Tov, life was rapidly returning to “normal.”...

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Launching Breslov Campus
Oct07

Launching Breslov Campus

BreslovCampus is a FREE online learning program for people like you who want to explore the life-changing wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Along the way, the most common question you’ve been asking has been: Your books are great, but I also want to learn in person with Breslov teachers—are there any in my town? Except for a few notable exceptions, we’ve had to tell you that most Breslov teachers, including most English-speaking...

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“Holiday” Rental
Oct07

“Holiday” Rental

A Sacred Time – Tishrei #2 “Visamachta b’chagecha v’hayitah ach sameach”—“And you shall rejoice during your festivals and you shall be only joyous.” The astrological sign associated with the month of Tishrei is a balance scale—the iconic image that expresses the judgment of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, when good and bad are calibrated and the direction of the entire year is determined. The festival of Sukkot then falls out on...

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Staying Connected
Oct01

Staying Connected

As the sun begins to set, the Torah scrolls are removed from the Holy Ark. They are held close to the heart as the chazan, dressed in white and bedecked with a tallit, begins the famous chant, “Kol Nidrei, v’esarei, u’shevu’ei, vacharamei…” Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, is upon us. We will pray five prayer services and abstain from food, drink, washing or anointing our bodies, wearing leather footwear, and marital...

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Yom Kippur – A Day Of Love
Sep28

Yom Kippur – A Day Of Love

The idea of sin and atonement brings up the question of God’s role in punishing us. We often have the mistaken notion that God waits for us to slip and sin, and then coldly strikes us in an instant spur of retribution. For this reason, Yom Kippur is a dreadful day for many of us and amounts to little more than a mechanical self-defense process. In Likutey Moharan II, 66, Rebbe Nachman explains our being punished as akin to someone...

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This Year Will Be Different
Sep18

This Year Will Be Different

The summer is quickly fading away. Days are getting shorter, nights are a lot cooler and the leaves have begun their beautiful transformation. Indeed, it’s that time of year again – the “head” of the year is around the corner. On Rosh HaShanah, not only is our annual income predetermined, but our very lives hang in the balance. We say in the stirring prayer U’Netaneh Tokef: “On Rosh Hashanah will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur...

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Launching BreslovCampus.Org
Sep18

Launching BreslovCampus.Org

New Website Is Launched BreslovCampus is a FREE online learning program for people like you who want to explore the life-changing wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Along the way, the most common question you’ve been asking has been: Your books are great, but I also want to learn in person with Breslov teachers—are there any in my town? Except for a few notable exceptions, we’ve had to tell you that most Breslov teachers, including...

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Siddur & Uman Updates
Sep17

Siddur & Uman Updates

Mazel Tov! Our first even English/Hebrew Breslov Siddur has just been published in Jerusalem and is now on-route from the Holy Land. We expect to receive it in the States within the next month. As in previous years, we would like to offer you the ability to send a kvital (note) for free to the grave-site of Rebbe Nachman. Just click here to fill out our online kvital form. Our Uman Sefer Torah campaign is successfully underway. We...

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The Promise of Victory
Sep11

The Promise of Victory

Are you happy with your life? Do you feel like you’ve always made the right choices and are proud of everything you’ve done? If you could turn back the clock, would you do everything the same way? Or maybe you wouldn’t mind getting a fresh start or at least a partial reset? Preparing for Rosh HaShanah, the Day of Judgment, involves a great deal of introspection. (If you haven’t started yet, now may be a good time!) Naturally, as we...

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Pathways: Parashat Ki Teitzei
Sep04

Pathways: Parashat Ki Teitzei

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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Battle Strategy
Sep04

Battle Strategy

Walking the streets of Israel, one of the most common expressions you’ll hear is “B’seder.” This is generally equivalent to the way we would say, “OK.” However, in Israel, this expression has taken on a panoply of different meanings. “Would you like to meet for coffee at 10?” “B’seder.” “How are you feeling today?” “B’seder.” “You cut my place in line – that’s NOT b’seder.” Sometimes someone will even say, “B’seder gamur,” which means...

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Why Do We Sin?
Aug27

Why Do We Sin?

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Elul is upon us, and considering that we are seriously aspiring to engage in teshuvah (return to God), it may be high time to ask this fundamental question. You’re probably thinking the simple answer is that we sin because we just don’t care, or at least we lack sufficient interest to do what the Torah deems proper. Wrong! Shockingly, Reb Noson says that the majority of our wrongdoing actually comes...

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What Is Elul?
Aug24

What Is Elul?

For those who have studied in Yeshiva, just the sound of the word Elul is enough to send a chill down your spine. It is said that in the days of old, when the month of Elul was announced in communities throughout Europe (on the proceeding Shabbat), many would faint from fear. If one takes a quick glance at the laws and customs pertaining to Elul, we learn we should recite more Tehilim, refrain from certain activities that although...

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Striking It Rich!
Aug21

Striking It Rich!

Wealth is something that most people spend their days dreaming about. But how does one actually become wealthy? In 1999 the executive chairman of Google (then the CEO of Novell), Eric Schmidt, said in an interview with Forbes: “Lots of people who are smart and work hard and play by the rules don’t have a fraction of what I have.” Schmidt acknowledged that the scale of inequality generated by the new wealth “makes me uncomfortable.”...

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This Way to the Treasure
Aug14

This Way to the Treasure

A man once dreamed that there was a great treasure under a bridge in Vienna. He traveled to Vienna and stood near the bridge, trying to figure out what to do. He did not dare search for the treasure by day, because of the many people who were there. An officer passed by and asked, “What are you doing, standing here and contemplating?” The man decided that it would be best to tell the whole story and ask for help, hoping that [the...

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Send A Spiritual Protective Edge To An IDF Soldier
Aug10

Send A Spiritual Protective Edge To An IDF Soldier

A few days ago, we were contacted by the amazing people at NuCampaign.org. They give out t-shirts to the soldiers with a messages printed on them expressing our love and appreciation for their remarkable service. Sown inside of them is a line from Psalms – “Shamereini Keyl Ki Chasisi Vach” – “Protect me God, for I take refuge in You”. They realized that this was the first verse in Rebbe Nachman’s Tikkun HaKlali and decided that...

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