Destruction & Godly Awareness
Jul23

Destruction & Godly Awareness

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #7 The month of Tammuz is a special time to mourn the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash, the holy temple in Jerusalem. The Talmud tells us that this especially refers to the destruction of our da’at, or awareness of G-d. This kind of destruction wasn’t only caused by the Babylonians or the Romans; any perceived injustice on the communal or individual level that disrupts our serenity and conscious...

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Hopefully Patient
Jul18

Hopefully Patient

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #6 The tribe associated with the month of Tammuz is Reuven. The Midrash explains that Reuven is a contraction for r’eu ven, and the Chassidic writings reveal that this conveys a powerful message: “perceive [r’eu] that you are a child [ben] of G-d.” But the word ven or ben has another connotation as well. The Arizal writes that its numerical value is the same as behemah, or animal. Reb Nosson explains that...

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Between The Hardships
Jul16

Between The Hardships

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #5 “All of her pursuers caught her between the straits.” The seventeenth of Tammuz is the beginning of a difficult three-week period for the Jewish people that only ends after the ninth of Av. The walls of Jerusalem were breached on the seventeenth of Tammuz; it is exactly forty days after the sixth of Sivan, when Moses first ascended on high to receive the Torah. It was the day that Moses was slated to...

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Crossing The Narrow Bridge
Jul11

Crossing The Narrow Bridge

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #4 “Remember! A person must travel on a very narrow bride. The main thing is not to be afraid!” Likutey Moharan, II:48. Chet is the letter associated with Tammuz in Sefer Yetzirah. In a Torah scroll, that letter resembles a narrow bridge—two posts and thin line that bridges them. The month of Tammuz brings in its wake difficult times. We fast on the Seventeenth of Tammuz because on that day the walls of...

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Free “Shavuot With Rebbe Nachman” Booklet
Jun02

Free “Shavuot With Rebbe Nachman” Booklet

BRI is proud to present a FREE Shavuot study guide. The booklet contains almost 200 pages of  Breslov Torah and prayers. We hope that the booklet enhances your Simchat Yom Tov. Download (PDF, 3.85MB) Wishing you a Chag Sameach, from your friends at BRI....

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The Power Of Free Choice
May29

The Power Of Free Choice

After centuries of bondage, the poor Israelite slaves emerge victorious and triumphant over their Egyptian taskmasters. Making their way through the desert, they approach Mount Sinai and the ultimate purpose of Creation, where the lowest of the low rise to become God’s chosen people. Moses delivers God’s question to the Hebrews: “Will you accept the Torah and thereby become a treasure among the nations?” They answer, “All that God has...

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A Trip To Meron
May20

A Trip To Meron

For those of you who keep up with the Pathways weekly articles, I was very privileged to have been able to travel to Eretz Yisrael for Lag B’Omer. I find it difficult to express how incredible the trip was, and how fortunate I am to have been able to participate. Being away from the Holy Land for Lag B’Omer is like losing out on a precious Yom Tov. The entire country is ripe with excitement on this great day, bonfires can...

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See You in Meron!
May13

See You in Meron!

Bon voyage! As I write these words, I am preparing to leave my home in Lakewood, New Jersey, for the Holy Land. Why, you ask? Well, besides the privilege and mitzvah of walking dalet amos in Eretz Yisrael, I am traveling in order to join the pilgrimage to the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron. We know that the Jewish calendar is not a series of popular “holidays,” but a timeline for spiritual growth. Lag BaOmer, the 33rd...

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Sacred Time – Pesach Sheni: Dealing With Failure
May13

Sacred Time – Pesach Sheni: Dealing With Failure

Sacred Time Dealing With Failure Iyar 3 One of the highlights of Iyar is Pesach Sheni, the “second Pesach,” which falls a month after Pesach and on which it was possible for those who were unable to bring the Pesach offering during Nissan to “catch up” and bring it later. Reb Nosson, z”l, points out that the reality of Pesach Sheniseems counterintuitive. A person was impure and unable to bring the sacrifice...

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A Second Chance
May07

A Second Chance

Do you ever find yourself saying, “I really messed up! I blew it! What a missed opportunity!” Those negative emotions plant themselves in our brains and nag at us constantly, especially at this time of year. We’ve just finished observing Pesach and rediscovering that we are a Godly People. We realized that we’re not really enslaved to our lusts and deficiencies, and that we can achieve true freedom from everything that weighs us down....

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Count For Yourself – Iyar #1
May06

Count For Yourself – Iyar #1

A Sacred Time -Iyar #1 The most central mitzvah of the month of Iyar is Sefirat Ha’omer. Reb Nosson, z”l, explains that each person is commanded to count for himself for a reason: each person is an individual world, a completely different universe. We cannot fathom our true level or that of our friend; it depends on so many factors. How hard was it to climb to one’s present level? Surely the more one worked, the greater...

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The Fountain Of Youth
May04

The Fountain Of Youth

Sefirat HaOmer (the counting of the Omer offering) is the counting period between the second night of Pesach and the day before Shavuot – a period of 49 days. Each night, we verbally count the days that have accumulated between these two holidays. [Count the Omer]   In the times of the Holy Temple, the counting started after an offering of barley meal was brought on the second night of Pesach. On a deeper level, barley...

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Day By Day
Apr24

Day By Day

So, do you feel free? Although our stomachs may be feeling like a gigantic matzah ball right now, spiritually our minds have soared to great heights. On Seder night, not only were our ancestors released from captivity, but our own souls were also redeemed. But the freedom we received was of the miraculous sort, and as great as miracles are, they have limited results. In Egypt we were on the lowest of spiritual levels – number 49 – and...

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The Pesach Companion
Apr14

The Pesach Companion

We invite you to download and print our free Pesach Companion guide. Download (PDF,...

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We Have Had Enough! Dayeinu!
Apr13

We Have Had Enough! Dayeinu!

In a few hours, after days of preparations, cleaning and cooking, we will finally sit down and begin to recite the Haggadah. We will retell the story of our persecution and exile and of our miraculous deliverance and freedom. At the climax of this story, we begin to sing joyously, “diydiy-einu; diydiy-einu; diydiy-einu; diyeinu – diyeinu! The Dayeinu song goes on to describe our thankfulness for the many wondrous deeds and miracles...

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Freedom For All!
Apr09

Freedom For All!

“The land of the free and the home of the brave.” If I wouldn’t know that these words were part of the national anthem, I might think they were sung at the Pesach Seder! After all, on Pesach we celebrate our freedom from servitude – something only achieved by acting brave and courageous. Our ancestors in Egypt didn’t have it easy. Forced to do backbreaking labor, men were also made to do women’s work and women to do jobs typically...

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