Impressions of Seder Night
Apr14

Impressions of Seder Night

  Once Reb Shimon learned an important lesson about the power of simple prayer from his Rebbe. When his young son fell dangerously ill, Reb Shimon ran to the Rebbe, begging him to pray for the boy’s recovery. But Rebbe Nachman didn’t answer…he just stood there, silent. Reb Shimon returned home to attend to his [...]

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A Mother’s Prayer
Mar17

A Mother’s Prayer

  Once Reb Shimon learned an important lesson about the power of simple prayer from his Rebbe. When his young son fell dangerously ill, Reb Shimon ran to the Rebbe, begging him to pray for the boy’s recovery. But Rebbe Nachman didn’t answer…he just stood there, silent. Reb Shimon returned home to attend to his [...]

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In This World And The Next
Mar04

In This World And The Next

Thousands of people traveled to hear and speak to Rebbe Nachman during his lifetime. Reb Noson, the Rebbe’s closest disciple, also made mention of the children who saw the Rebbe and came away enriched. A young boy nine years of age who was ill with a slight fever was sent by his father to the [...]

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In This World And The Next
Feb26

In This World And The Next

Reb Shimon b’Reb Ber, who met Rebbe Nachman on the day of the Rebbe’s wedding, was Rebbe Nachman’s very first disciple. Reb Shimon proved to be a faithful devotee and shamash (personal assistant) throughout the Rebbe’s years as a leader and teacher. One question was always on his lips: “Will I merit to be your [...]

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Simple Acts
Feb11

Simple Acts

Rebbe Nachman always taught his students that their main focus in prayer should be on the straightforward meaning of the words. Even those who studied Kabbalah were discouraged from veering from the plain meaning of the prayers during the act of prayer itself. When asked by an advanced student what particular meditation he should have [...]

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Praying Like A Child
Feb05

Praying Like A Child

Rebbe Nachman’s deep yet completely simple and straightforward immersion in prayer was a wonder to those who were close to him. He prayed in a brokenhearted way, begging for mercy with total self-effacement, like a young child pleading with his father. Once, when a young man came to the Rebbe to ask for guidance in [...]

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This Is Prayer!
Jan28

This Is Prayer!

Once, after finishing his evening prayers, Rebbe Nachman went with a number of his students to break bread. The Rebbe’s beloved disciple, Reb Noson, was among their number, but unlike them he hadn’t yet prayed the evening service. As the group walked, Reb Noson veered off in the direction of the synagogue. As soon as [...]

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Enveloped in Prayer
Jan07

Enveloped in Prayer

Rebbe Nachman once took one of his close students with him for an early-morning prayer session out in the field. When they reached the entry point to an old volcanic cavern half-hidden among the brush, he gestured that they should enter and do their hitbodedut within the deep chamber. As soon as they squeezed into [...]

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On the River
Jan04

On the River

Near the town of Medvedevka in Ukraine was a village called Husyatin, surrounded by the green fields and grazing flocks that characterized the region. Nearby, the river Zbruch flowed, bounded by forests and farmsteads. In that small village, the newly-married Rebbe Nachman (who was then barely into his teens, and hardly a Rebbe) lived with [...]

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Child’s Play
Nov13

Child’s Play

From his earliest years, Rebbe Nachman set lofty goals for himself. Just like the desire to see the “light of Shabbat” had consumed him, little Nachman aspired to experience God’s presence on a constant basis – to fulfill King David’s words, “I have placed God before me always” (Psalms 16:8). These yearnings led the growing [...]

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Rebbe Nachman’s First Book
Oct22

Rebbe Nachman’s First Book

As a child, Rebbe Nachman was powerfully motivated to study Torah. He had access to his father’s library, which covered the full spectrum of Jewish teachings from the most revealed to the most concealed. Fired by love and desire to connect with his Creator, young Nachman would spend hours studying his father’s books. The product [...]

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Teach Me More!
Oct15

Teach Me More!

We’re used to thinking of Rebbe Nachman as a fully-formed tzaddik, but he actually learned in school, in the traditional Eastern European cheder, together with other children. Every class has its spectrum of students – some are sharper, some are weaker; for some, paying attention comes naturally, while others are distracted by every passing breeze. [...]

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Stubborn…For the Right Reasons
Aug28

Stubborn…For the Right Reasons

Once again, a group of venerable tzaddikim gathered at the home of the righteous parents of young Nachman, sharing teachings of the Baal Shem Tov and praying at his holy gravesite. As the five-year-old Nachman looked on, they then sat down to plan their journey. One of the earliest students of the Baal Shem Tov [...]

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The Watchful Tzaddik
Aug20

The Watchful Tzaddik

When Rebbe Nachman was a tiny baby, his mother, Feiga, had to travel away from home for a night. His father, Reb Simcha, could not be left in charge of the child, since he was rarely at home. Reb Simcha’s practice was to spend days, weeks and months out in the fields and forests in [...]

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An Auspicious Beginning
Aug13

An Auspicious Beginning

On the Shabbat of Rosh Chodesh, the first day of Nisan 5532 (April 4, 1772), Rabbi Simcha and his wife Feiga, granddaughter of the Baal Shem Tov, brought a new soul down to the world in the little village of Mezhibuzh, Ukraine. This child would grow up to be Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, known later [...]

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The Faithful Chassid
Jun18

The Faithful Chassid

The Breslov movement survived and thrived in Communist Russia due to the bravery and self-sacrifice of its chassidim. We cannot fathom the pressures and persecution that these men and women endured to keep their faith alive and follow Rebbe Nachman’s teachings, but endure them they did, keeping the Rebbe’s flame burning through the most difficult [...]

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