In The Know
Jan29

In The Know

Knowledge, wisdom, education … these are the cornerstones of a typical Jewish upbringing. Almost as soon as a Jewish baby is born, his or her parents have already established a college fund. This reminds me of a joke: A Jewish mother is walking down the street with her two little boys. A passerby sees the children and remarks, “What adorable children you have. How old are they?” The proud mother replies, “The doctor is seven and...

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Pathways: Parashat Beshalach
Jan29

Pathways: Parashat Beshalach

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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Pathways: Parashat Bo
Jan21

Pathways: Parashat Bo

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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Striking It Rich
Jan21

Striking It Rich

What if I told you that I know the secret to accumulating wealth? I bet you’d want to be my friend. Doesn’t the prospect of gaining this elusive knowledge get you a tad bit excited? But what if I told you that it’s available to each of us? Impossible, you might say. But that would be your mistake. God promised Abraham that his children would descend to Egypt as slaves, but would eventually be redeemed with great wealth. In fact, this...

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Pathways: Parashat Vaeira
Jan15

Pathways: Parashat Vaeira

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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Getting The Message
Jan15

Getting The Message

Negative emotions are extremely powerful and often completely debilitating. In fact, nothing has the ability to stunt our spiritual growth and life satisfaction like negativity. It’s essential for us to take the initiative to learn about ourselves and evaluate our reactions when dealing with such emotions. With Rebbe Nachman’s guidance, we can transform these emotions into great tools. Let’s deal with fear. Like everything else in the...

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Good To Go!
Jan08

Good To Go!

Do I deserve to be redeemed? Do I deserve to be saved by God? We often ask ourselves this question, whether consciously or subconsciously. Consider: The average person has 60,000 thoughts a day. Shockingly, 95 percent of them are repeated daily and 80 percent of those thoughts are negative. We tend to judge ourselves overwhelmingly negatively, and that’s why we can question whether we are worthy of God’s attention and ultimate...

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Building for Eternity
Feb28

Building for Eternity

Every four years, in honor of the Olympic Games, tens of billions of dollars are expended and a virtual city is constructed – only to be abandoned a few weeks later. Thousands of years ago, our Jewish ancestors recognized what a waste of gelt this was (not to mention the excessive physical labor) and came up with a much more efficient plan: Why not build a portable, collapsible structure? Thus the Mishkan (Tabernacle) was born. Of...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Pekudei
Feb28

Pathways On The Parsha: Pekudei

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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A Matter of Survival
Feb20

A Matter of Survival

Desert islands are a popular backdrop for jokes. Once a Jew was discovered on a desert island. The fellow who finds the Jew surviving on tropical fruit and living in a bamboo hut notices that he has also built two other huts. “Those are synagogues,” the Jew explains. “But why do you need two of them?” the fellow wonders. The Jew answers, “This one is the synagogue I pray in, and that one is the synagogue I don’t pray in!” * * People...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Vayakhel
Feb20

Pathways On The Parsha: Vayakhel

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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Count Me In
Feb13

Count Me In

The three most frightening letters in the English language are I-R-S. It’s “that time of the year” again. The tax-return strategy I’ve heard whispered about most often is: “Keep out of trouble, don’t raise any red flags, and try to blend in.” What does this have to do with our parashah? Rashi explains that if the Jewish people need to be counted, the best way to go about it is to have each Jew donate a half-shekel, and tally up the...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Ki Tisa
Feb13

Pathways On The Parsha: Ki Tisa

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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It’s All About Desire
Feb07

It’s All About Desire

Every synagogue is considered a mini Beit HaMikdash. We are told that in the future time of our redemption, all these synagogues that served as places of refuge during the Diaspora will rise up and travel to the Holy Land, where they will be combined with the eternal Beit HaMikdash. Therefore many of the symbols displayed in our synagogues serve the purpose of memorializing the vessels of the Beit HaMikdash, and also remind us that we...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Tetzaveh
Feb05

Pathways On The Parsha: Tetzaveh

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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When In Rome…
Jan29

When In Rome…

Where is God? Mankind has pondered this question for an eternity. Interestingly, our Rabbis answered, “He is in the great city of Rome” (Jerusalem Talmud, Ta’anit 81). This answer seems very odd. Rome was a city rife with idol-worship and immorality. In fact, our Rabbis were alluding to a particular existence of God that is hidden and unfathomable to us humans. Pirkey Avot tells us that God created the world with Ten Utterances (Avot...

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