The Rebbe’s Letter
Nov27

The Rebbe’s Letter

Every week, a few Breslov friends and I get together to discuss life in the light of Rebbe Nachman’s teachings. Recently, while schmoozing, one friend asked the following question: “Which Breslov teaching would you choose to share with a close friend who has yet to taste from the wellsprings of Rebbe Nachman’s Torah?” There seemed to be an almost unanimous agreement, something odd for a group of Chassidim who are each so unique. The...

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The Simple Truth
Nov20

The Simple Truth

Our Patriarch Jacob is referred to as “the perfect one.” He was so great that our nation took its name from him, Israel. He also fathered twelve sons who were each worthy enough to found his own “tribe of God.” But according to our modern definition of perfectionism, perhaps Jacob should have been nicknamed “the average one.” The Torah calls him “ish tam” (Genesis 25:27), which can be translated not only as complete or wholesome, but...

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The Pattern Of Our Lives
Nov13

The Pattern Of Our Lives

Do you often wonder when you will finally be able to catch your breath? Do you ever say to yourself, “I thought I was finally done with these issues”? Well, life isn’t so easy after all. But this is also nothing new; in fact, Abraham had some very difficult life issues of his own. Famine: There is a famine in Canaan. Abraham is forced to leave his land and go down to Egypt where his beautiful wife, Sarah, is abducted by Pharaoh...

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R’ Tauber – Chayei Sarah: Never Get Old!
Nov13

R’ Tauber – Chayei Sarah: Never Get Old!

Video & Audio: Rav Elchonon Tauber class #25 on being forever young and vibrant. Rabbi Tauber – Likutey Halachot, Class 25 – mp3 Download If you live in Los Angeles, consider attending the Tuesday night class on Likutey Halachot live with Rabbi Tauber, Chabad SOLA 1627 S. La Cienega starting @ 9 pm....

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R’ Tauber – VaYeira: Dance for Joy!
Nov13

R’ Tauber – VaYeira: Dance for Joy!

Video & Audio: Rav Elchonon Tauber class #25 on why we should wake up and dance for joy! Rabbi Tauber – Likutey Halachot, Class 25 – mp3 Download If you live in Los Angeles, consider attending the Tuesday night class on Likutey Halachot live with Rabbi Tauber, Chabad SOLA 1627 S. La Cienega starting @ 9 pm....

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Living “Here” & “Now”
Nov05

Living “Here” & “Now”

It was one of the greatest challenges of all time, the greatest sacrifice ever asked of a man: to offer up his own son. We often explain the difficulty of Abraham’s test according to the pain a loving father must endure in killing his beloved child; or because Abraham, being the worldwide leader of monotheistic religion, was being asked to do something that mimicked the lowliness of the pagan religions. But let us look deeper. God...

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All In Good Time
Oct29

All In Good Time

If I were to ask, “What is the secret cause of evil and sin?” what would you answer? Perhaps you would suggest lust, greed, or one of our many other base temptations. However, Reb Noson offers one basic catalyst: Time. Our Rabbis teach that the evil inclination is only influential “in its time” (Yerushalmi, Sotah 3.) Beginning with the first sin – the eating of the forbidden fruit – the great Tzaddikim erred only because they acted...

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Back to “Normal”
Oct23

Back to “Normal”

How was your Yom Tov? Mine was wonderful. First I experienced the awesome spiritual heights of being in Uman for Rosh HaShanah, then the solemn upliftedness of the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, and then eight joyous days together with my family in the sukkah. But the Sunday after was very difficult. Besides all the schlepping, like taking down the sukkah and cleaning up after Yom Tov, life was rapidly returning to “normal.”...

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Room to Breathe
Nov14

Room to Breathe

When it rains, it pours. It often happens this way: first you have one problem, then another comes up, then a third… Before you know it, you feel completely overburdened, as if you can’t even breathe. You imagine all of the world’s issues being lumped together and heaped on your shoulders. But it gets even worse. Our typical reaction to feeling overwhelmed is to hibernate in a state of utter disconnect. We cut ourselves off from...

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Psychological Warfare
Nov07

Psychological Warfare

The human mind is incredibly powerful. Mentally, one can imagine touring exotic places, solve difficult mathematical problems, or vividly recall memories of years long past. In our minds, we are not limited by our physical realities but are free to explore the universe and soar to awesome spiritual dimensions. Yet what if we have become prisoners of our own thoughts? We all desire to live an emotionally healthy and positive lifestyle....

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Two Ways To Go
Oct30

Two Ways To Go

Being a father of twin boys, I naturally keep comparing them to see the minute differences between them. Who is cuter? Who is smarter? Who is funnier? As they get older, it’s interesting to observe their unique relationship. Having so many similarities creates a very, special tight-knit bond, something I don’t see in the relationships between my other children. Our Matriarch Rebecca’s experience with her twin boys was entirely...

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Are We There?
Oct24

Are We There?

Would you be willing to sacrifice your own flesh and blood? Abraham, the Jewish “Pope,” the one who taught ethics and monotheism to the entire world, was summoned to the ultimate challenge. At age 100, he experienced a fantastic miracle: his 90-year-old wife, Sarah, gave birth to a son, Isaac. God promised Abraham that the Jewish people would descend from this special child. When Isaac turned two, the great leaders of the time...

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Reality Check
Oct16

Reality Check

What is reality? Most of us are convinced that what we see with our very own eyes is absolutely real and genuine. But is this really so? We are now a few weeks removed from the spiritual heights of the year – Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. We have made resolutions; we have promised ourselves that “this year will certainly be different.” And we have even started off the new year by implementing these changes and...

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The True You – Lekh Lekha
Oct10

The True You – Lekh Lekha

Who are you? Have you ever considered what is your true essence? When someone calls your name, what are they referring to? Do they mean your good looks, your designer clothes or maybe a prestigious job or position? Rebbe Nachman teaches, “Man’s principal essence – that which man calls ‘I’ – is the soul. She is the essence that is eternal” (Likutey Moharan I, 22:5). “God said to Abram, ‘Go for yourself from your land, from your...

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The Completely Newly Redesigned Pathways Shemot
Jan03
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The Completely Newly Redesigned Pathways Vayechi
Dec27
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