Once in a Lifetime
Apr02

Once in a Lifetime

“The Architect of the world never does the same thing twice. Every day is an entirely new creation” – Reb Noson of Breslov. People like to say, “Today is a new day.” There’s actually an incredible amount of wisdom in that expression. That’s because we have a tendency to view time as one complete unit, and therefore we get caught up in the past. If yesterday was a “bad” day, it means today doesn’t have much of a chance. Truth be told,...

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Coming Clean
Mar27

Coming Clean

Jerry pays his boss a short visit and says, “We’re doing some major Passover housecleaning tomorrow and my wife needs me around to take care of the heavy hauling.” “I’m so sorry, Jerry, we’re kind of short-handed right now and I just can’t afford to have you take the day off,” his boss answers. “Thanks, Boss, Jerry replies. “I knew I could count on you!” Have you begun cleaning for Pesach yet? I’m sure you have. When this time of year...

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The Spice of Life
Mar20

The Spice of Life

“It’s all your fault!” Since the days of Adam and Eve, men have always found a convenient “explanation” for their problems: blame the spouse. The problem for Nadav and Avihu, Aaron’s two unwedded sons who brought an unauthorized incense-offering (ketoret) and were punished with death, was that they didn’t have one to blame. The Midrash explains that the reason they were killed was because they had no wives (Vayikra Rabbah 20:8-10)....

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Pathways On The Parsha: Vayikra
Mar06

Pathways On The Parsha: Vayikra

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

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The Poor Man’s Offering
Mar06

The Poor Man’s Offering

One of the greatest gifts that Chassidic teachings impart to us is the ability to illuminate and make relevant all parts of Torah, even the seemingly obscure ones. The teachings of Rebbe Nachman and Reb Noson make the Torah come alive, helping us find answers and life advice in verses of the Torah that cynics claim are irrelevant and archaic. These incredible teachings reinforce our belief in the profound depth and truth of the Torah...

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The New Pathways Beha’alotekha
May23
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The New Pathways Bamidbar/Shavuot
May09
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The New Pathways Behar-Bechukotai
May03
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The New Pathways Emor
Apr26

The New Pathways Emor

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Wait a Little More
Apr24

Wait a Little More

“After the sun sets, he will be ritually pure” (Leviticus 22:7). Whatever degree of impurity a Jew has – whether he has to wait one day or seven days – when night falls at the end of this period, he will attain purity. No matter how long it takes, one must be patient and wait. Eventually the time for purity will come, for each day is a new creation (Likutey Halakhot I, p. 254). Rebbe Nachman tells the following parable: Two hoboes, a...

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The New Pathways Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
Apr18
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Holier Than Thou
Apr18

Holier Than Thou

We hear about it all the time. Fighting, arguing, accusing and judging, all supposedly for the sake of Heaven. The excuse is always the same: “ Doesn’t it say in the Torah, ‘You shall reprove your brother and not bear a sin because of him’”? (Leviticus 19:17). Isn’t this what all our caring and sincere rabble-rousers claim? Recently, bloggers and online whistle-blowers have joined the chorus of well-wishers. Well, they may...

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The New Pathways Tazria-Metzora
Apr11
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Second Time Around
Apr10

Second Time Around

Has it ever happened that one day you got excited and had a sudden impulse to draw close to God? This is because a holy spark within you began to blaze intensely, seeking to reconnect to its place of origin, Godliness. You began to make serious resolutions about mending your ways and correcting bad habits. But a short while later, it was déjà vu as you found yourself embroiled again in your past struggles. Yearning and retreating,...

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The New Pathways Shemini
Apr04

The New Pathways Shemini

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The New Pathways Tzav
Mar22
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