How We Can Bring Mashiach
Jul17

How We Can Bring Mashiach

  We think of Moses as being the ultimate prophet, someone who spoke “face to face” with God and stood between Heaven and earth. Therefore we assume that when he experienced a prophecy, its message and interpretation were obvious to him. Indeed, in this week’s parashah Moses states, “This is the word that God has commanded” (Numbers 30:2). Rashi explains that only Moses was able to say “this,” describing the vision that God had...

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Recapture the Flag!
Jul09

Recapture the Flag!

The Jewish people have never lacked enemies. Just as we are attacked today by terrorists, so too, in the days of Moses, our enemies constantly schemed and planned our destruction. However, in the days of Moses, our nation was one worthy of prophecy – ours was a nation that witnessed the Ten Plagues in Egypt and the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Because of our elevated spiritual status, our enemies were not brazen enough to...

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Searching for Answers
Jul03

Searching for Answers

We are in pain. We are in sorrow.  The Jewish People is connected – we are truly one. Because of this, we each personally feel the horrifying loss of our three dear and precious brothers. When describing this month of Tammuz, Rebbe Nachman teaches, “The first letters of ‘Zikhru Torat Moshe (remember Moshe’s Torah)’ (Malachi 3:22) spell TaMmuZ without the vav. This is because in the month of Tammuz we must elicit mindfulness in order...

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Wake Up!
Jun25

Wake Up!

Unable to control himself, the viceroy plucked an apple from the tree and took a bite. As soon as he swallowed it, he fell to the ground in a deep sleep and slept a long, long time. The viceroy’s servant tried to wake him up, but he couldn’t. Rebbe Nachman’s first tale, “The Lost Princess,” is a fascinating recounting of the story of our lives. Being such, it incites us to ask a critical question: “Do I truly possess absolute...

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Yes, We Can!
Jun19

Yes, We Can!

The other day I was introduced to a successful businessman who was interested in studying Breslov Chassidut together. In order to get know each other, we shared our backgrounds, and he said something that has stuck in my mind ever since. My newfound chavruta explained that although his wife and children were making headway in their spiritual journeys, his growth was stunted and even retarded because he enjoyed the pleasures that his...

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The Missing Link
Jun11

The Missing Link

“In the place where returnees to Judaism stand, even completely righteous Tzaddikim cannot stand” (Berakhot 34b). Wow! Our Rabbis are implying that the returnee is greater than the saint. But shouldn’t one who has spent his entire life in the service of God, and never really faltered, be considered supreme in every aspect? How could there be a “place” reserved for one who has erred? This question is as old as the universe. You see,...

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Take Your Holiness With You
May23

Take Your Holiness With You

You have the ability to connect with and build on your own inner holiness. Take your holiness with you as you journey through life.

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Soldier On
May22

Soldier On

The drive down from the hills of Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport is a lonely one. After having been privileged to travel to the Land of Israel and bask in its holiness for a few days, it isn’t so easy to depart and return to “normal life.” Thankfully, I remembered that I had a precedent. Reb Noson once traveled to be with Rebbe Nachman, but because of the opposition of his family at that time, the Rebbe told him, “To you we must say,...

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The New Pathways Nitzavim-Vayeilekh
Aug29
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The New Pathways Ki Tavo
Aug23
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The New Pathways Ki Teitzei
Aug15
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The New Pathways Shoftim
Aug08
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The New Pathways Re’eh
Aug01
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The New Pathways Eikev
Jul26
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The New Pathways Va’Etchanan
Jul18
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The New Pathways Matot-Masei
Jul03
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