Respect For All
Apr09

Respect For All

During the years of persecution that Reb Noson and his followers endured, Reb Noson’s opponents in the town of Breslov arranged for the local authorities to set up a boot factory to supply an army unit stationed nearby. The site they chose for the factory was Reb Noson’s house. In the weeks before Pesach, a group of non-Jewish workers converted the main room into a workshop, filling it with foul-smelling hides. There they worked and...

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The Taste of True Pesach
Apr02

The Taste of True Pesach

The grinding poverty suffered by ordinary people in Ukraine over a hundred years ago is hard for us to imagine. Pesach was especially difficult for the poor. So many expenses … where was the money supposed to come from? Reb Noson was no stranger to poverty. One year his family lacked the most basic requirements, such as matzah. As they drew water for Pesach, Reb Noson began to dance. He joyously proclaimed, “Thank God we have...

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Giant of the Spirit
Mar27

Giant of the Spirit

The terror and intimidation faced by those who wished to give their children a Jewish education in Communist Russia is hard for us to imagine. What could be wrong with teaching a child about his heritage? Sadly, to the communists, educating children in any religion was a serious offense. At any moment, one could be taken in for “questioning” and never be seen again. Those who were lucky enough to survive often had to serve years in...

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Now You’re Talking!
Mar20

Now You’re Talking!

Reb Hershel Tepliker, a successful and sharp Breslover businessman, had been a bit wayward in his youth. Along with many young Jews of his time, he was forcibly inducted into the army. Since he was naturally frail, life as a soldier was extremely difficult for him. When his unit was ordered to load and lug huge sacks of sand, he felt sure he would keel over and expire under his staggering burden. “Hashem!” he cried out in earnest...

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Purim Strategy
Mar13

Purim Strategy

Reb Meir Tepliker, a close disciple of Reb Noson, had a student who lived in a remote village. Each year, Breslovers from the surrounding area would gather in Teplik at Reb Meir’s home for Purim day. Reb Meir would prepare a festive meal that started around noon. He would close his blinds and fill the room with candles so their intimate light would enhance the joy of the gathering. One Purim, during the height of the dancing, Reb Meir...

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Even A Murderer Can Change!
Mar06

Even A Murderer Can Change!

During the chaotic period of the Communist Revolution in Russia and its street warfare between the “reds” and the “whites,” marauding bands looted and harmed civilians all over the country. Moshe Tzadok was a rare Jew who took part in this criminal behavior and even went so far as to murder innocent people. Later, when Moshe was wanted by the government for his crimes, he fled to Uman and went underground. But...

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Waiting For Change
Mar02

Waiting For Change

Rebbe Nachman taught his followers that they shouldn’t offer rebuke or criticism, no matter how well-intentioned, unless it was clear that it would really help. Often, a mistimed or poorly-executed attempt to get another person back on the straight and narrow causes far more harm than good. Knowing when to leave a person space to develop at his own pace can sometimes be the greatest means of drawing him closer to God. In Uman there...

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Borrow The Happiness!
Feb27

Borrow The Happiness!

Happiness gives us the strength and vitality to grow spiritually. Rebbe Nachman is well-known for his statement, “It’s a great mitzvah to be happy always!” Happiness figures prominently in many of the Rebbe’s lessons because the more joy a person feels, the more empowered he is to work on coming closer to God. If he lacks joy, he won’t have the strength and vitality he needs to grow spiritually. Someone once asked Reb Noson how...

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Longing For Holiness
Jan22

Longing For Holiness

Rebbe Nachman spoke often about the great power of yearning. He taught that obstacles are sent by G-d in order to intensify our longing for a holy goal, because it is the force of yearning that can bring a person to a level or objective to which he otherwise might not be worthy. In Likutei Moharan I:56 he explains that we are, in some sense, like little children; the more something is withheld from us, the stronger we long for it. A...

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Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan Za”l – A Breslov Pioneer
Jan15

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan Za”l – A Breslov Pioneer

Today is the yartzeit of one of the greatest Jewish writers of our time, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan Za”l. The Breslov community is particularly indebted to Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s translation of “Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom” was first published in 1973 on the initiative of Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld, who was the leading English-speaking Breslover teacher in the United States. It was a pioneering work,...

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Pesach & Extra Stringencies
Mar19

Pesach & Extra Stringencies

It happened that the Rebbe and Reb Noson were once invited to the sukkah of a simple Jew. When Reb Noson questioned the validity of the sukkah, Rebbe Nachman remarked, “A Jew works very hard to build his sukkah, and you seek to invalidate it based on stringencies found in the Codes?!” (Aveneha Barzel, p. 25 #17). * When Rebbe Nachman was young, he himself sought to fulfill the strictest opinions found in the Codes. On one...

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Reb Noson
Jan04

Reb Noson

Tonight Breslov communities across the world will mark Rebbe Noson’s Yartzeit: Here is a brief description of this amazing figure, may him memory bring merit to us all. Reb Noson Sternhartz was born in Nemirov, on 15 Shevat, 5540 (January 22, 1780). At thirteen, he married Esther Shaindel, the daughter of the prominent Rabbi Dovid Zvi Orbach, a renowned halakhic authority in Poland and the Ukraine. Reb Noson was twenty-two when...

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Breslov Elder R’ Moshe Burstein Passes Away (Updated)
Oct27

Breslov Elder R’ Moshe Burstein Passes Away (Updated)

We are sad to announce that Rabbi Moshe Burstein, one of the elders of Breslov has passed away. Here is a short bio about this great man, may his memory be a blessing for us all, Amen.   A leading figure in Breslov in Jerusalem, Reb Moshe was born in Poltosk, Poland and arrived in the Holy Land in 1935 with his wife and infant son. Moving to Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, he founded the daily Breslov minyan there. During the War of...

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Bringing Jews Closer – Reb Noson
Jul21

Bringing Jews Closer – Reb Noson

The Rebbe spoke with us many times about the importance of bringing people closer to God. He told us to speak with people a great deal to inspire them and bring them back to God. He even wanted us to speak about everyday matters in the chance that the conversation might develop into something that would awaken them spiritually.[1] If we would elicit only the faintest response – a fleeting thought of repentance, or a temporary...

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The Importance of Stories About Tzaddikim
Jun29

The Importance of Stories About Tzaddikim

Rebbe Nachman once remarked: “What most inspired me to devote myself to serving God in truth was hearing stories of tzaddikim.” He explained that many great tzaddikim used to visit his parents’ house, which had once been the home of the Baal Shem Tov (Rebbe Nachman’s maternal great-grandfather). These illustrious Chassidim would frequently visit Medzeboz to pray at the Baal Shem Tov’s grave, and in passing, most of them would visit...

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Tzvi Aryeh Rosenfeld
Jan26

Tzvi Aryeh Rosenfeld

Rabbi Tzvi Aryeh’s breadth of knowledge was legendary, as can be seen from the following story which occurred during World War II: The American Jewish committee was charged with making sure that only serious yeshiva students receive a draft deferment. It occasionally tested the students and any boy who failed was eligible for the draft. One of Rabbi Tzvi Aryeh’s friends was so nervous about failing that he mistranslated a quote that...

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