Lost Sheep
Sep12

Lost Sheep

A Sacred Time - Elul #4 Rebbe Nachman, z”l, reveals that every lost opportunity, every missed mitzvah, must be recovered. These missed opportunities for connection with God keep us distant from Him until we find some way to revive them. Elul, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the main times to seek out what we have neglected throughout the year. The yearning that we feel to bring back those lost potential connections has the power to...

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Sweeping In The New Year
Sep10

Sweeping In The New Year

A Sacred Time - Elul #3 Many people find the spiritual work of the month of Elul and the High Holy Days somewhat trying. After all, introspection can be so daunting. And if you believe you are going to be judged, shouldn’t you be scared? But this attitude is all wrong. As the Chofetz Chaim, z”l, put it, “Some think Elul is a ber (Yiddish for ‘bear’]. In truth, Elul is just a kerr (broom). It is a special time to sweep out the negative...

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Self-Assessment, Honor, And Coming Closer To God
Sep09

Self-Assessment, Honor, And Coming Closer To God

Rosh Hashana is the Day of Judgment for all humanity. But despite its profound ramifications, Rosh Hashana is actually a very down-to-earth day. On the New Year, we are judged and awarded (or not), all the ‘stuff of life’ in this world—life, health, wealth and sustenance for the coming year.  What we’re given depends not only on our actions during the past year, but also on how effectively we judge ourselves on this day, and open our...

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Laugh!
Sep05

Laugh!

A Sacred Time - Elul #2 Rebbe Nachman reveals that Elul is an acronym in Hebrew for King Solomon’s famous words about the Woman of Valor: “Oz v’hadar levushah vatischak l’yom acharon”—“Strength and splendor are her garment and she will laugh till her last day.” This is the attitude we need to have during this month. We need to really know that we are beloved to G-d. This is why the zodiac sign of Elul is the maiden. This shows how...

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Elul: Our Chance For Liberation
Sep04

Elul: Our Chance For Liberation

A Sacred Time - Elul #1 Our sages tell us that Elul are yemei ratzon, days when it is easier to find favor in G-d’s eyes. Rebbe Nachman explains that the forty days during which Moshe ascended on high to receive the second set of the tablets began on the first day of Elul and ended on Yom Kippur. It was during this period of time that G-d was appeased after the sin of the Golden Calf that had precipitated the shattering of the first...

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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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Faith & Trust
Aug24

Faith & Trust

A Sacred Time – Av #6 The very name Av has important connotations. Av means father in Hebrew. We need to muster all our strength to turn to our Father in heaven during this month. On a simple level this means becoming less focused on the demands of the self and remembering that G-d is at the center of the universe, not me. The Talmud tells us that the Temple was destroyed due to gratuitous hatred, and hatred stems from...

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Today ONLY!
Aug20

Today ONLY!

A Sacred Time – Av #5 As the Month of Av draws to its close, we consider how to repair the ruins of the Temple. We need Mashiach, our righteous redeemer, to pull the world out of the flaming conflagration of greed and corruption that threatens to consume it. In a world where no one needs to be hungry or lack shelter, so many people suffer from poverty and lack. What prevents this world from being the paradise that it could be?...

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Breslov Tisha B’Av Message
Aug05

Breslov Tisha B’Av Message

A king once told his prime minister, who was also his good friend, “I see in the stars that whoever eats any grain that grows this year will go mad. What is your advice?” The prime minister replied, “We must put aside enough grain so that we will not have to eat from this year’s harvest.” The king objected, “But then we will be the only ones who will be sane. Everyone else will be mad. Therefore, they will think that we are the mad...

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I’m So Hungry!
Aug04

I’m So Hungry!

Rebbe Nachman explains that the true tzaddik is the true beauty and grace of the world. This tzaddik represents the luminaries of light which illumine a person’s mind and path throughout life. Conversely, there are luminaries of fire, which consume a person’s life with false paths and devotions and steer the person away from God. As the Rebbe explains, the tzaddik is the light which illumines the Temple and all that it...

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The Birth of Moshiach
Aug04

The Birth of Moshiach

A Sacred Time – Av #2 Sometimes we can only see the good when it’s reflected through the lens of suffering. When we see the great spiritual desolation and yearn for light from within that darkness, we build vessels to see the positives and build on them. Sometimes we prefer to ignore the barren areas of our spiritual life, but how can we improve if we refuse to see the need for improvements? The fast of the ninth of Av is an...

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The Best Kind of Criticism
Jul31

The Best Kind of Criticism

Have you recently been criticized or rebuked? Did you find those words to be helpful? Did they initiate any positive change in your behavior? For most people, criticism makes them feel hurt and put down. And when we rebuke others, we often don’t see any change and, even more likely, a spiteful reaction. Although there is a great mitzvah to rebuke (see Leviticus 19:17), most people are not capable of fulfilling this mitzvah properly....

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Free Booklet: R’ Nachman & The 9 Days
Jul29

Free Booklet: R’ Nachman & The 9 Days

We present the following free booklet, which includes Rebbe Nachman’s teachings and Breslover prayers relating to the 9 days. Download (PDF,...

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New Openings
Jul27

New Openings

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #8 The three weeks is the hardest part of the year for the Jewish people. It is much harder to hold onto a deep connection to Hashem during this time. What are we to do when we feel under attack, when everything seems to be going wrong? When Reb Nosson was going through real distress during this exact period, he said: “Our only source of vitality is the Rebbe’s teaching about focusing on the windows of...

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Feeling Homesick
Jul24

Feeling Homesick

I don’t know about you, but this summer has been especially challenging. Living in Lakewood, NJ, I am not too far from the Jersey Shore. As I look out my window on a warm, sunny day, I observe the cars going to and fro, the drivers blasting music and seemingly having a carefree time. I turn on the radio and hear yet another news report condemning Israeli aggression and reporting the latest sum of rockets fired on Israel, new...

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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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