Purim Prayer Power
Mar23

Purim Prayer Power

In each generation, whenever the redemption is near, Amalek tries to make the Jews despair by convincing us that our prayers are not effective because we are not deserving of a miracle. But the truth is that we must strengthen ourselves and continue to pray with all our might, like Mordechai HaYehudi did. Mordechai saw that [...]

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Uman Rosh Hashanah 2015
Aug24

Uman Rosh Hashanah 2015

Where to stay in Uman, Rosh Hashanah, 2015.

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Q&A – Spiritual Progress
Feb26

Q&A – Spiritual Progress

An Aspiring Breslover asks:   In everything we do in life, we want to see that we are making advances; especially something to which we are devoting an hour of every day. How can we measure our progress in the spiritual endeavor of hisbodedus?   Is it misguided to approach hisbodedus with the expectation of seeing [...]

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The Genie In The Box
Nov17

The Genie In The Box

As he walked wearily through the desert, his unknown destination as far removed as ever, he noticed something gleaming just a few steps away. Probably a mirage, he thought—but in a desert one cannot afford the luxury of despair. He changed direction and went over to investigate. There was something there. He reached down to [...]

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What Stops You From Really Praying?
Sep18

What Stops You From Really Praying?

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are on the horizon, and you know there will be a prayer-marathon: days of intense, emotional, and ultimately uplifting introspection, prayer, and closeness to God. But what if Elul is feeling more like a last-minute scramble than a preparation period? And what if you feel you are "falling behind" and you need to do some psycho-spiritual catch-up? [...]

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Out To The Field – Living In The Present
Jul28

Out To The Field – Living In The Present

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:282 - Week 6 Continuing to focus on correcting my behavior instead of my youngest child's behavior, I had another important insight during hisbodedus. The insight was that another display of my chutzpah was how I was routinely annoyed by my youngest child's constant request to go to a store [...]

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Out To The Field – Good Points Or Jelly Beans?
Jun30

Out To The Field – Good Points Or Jelly Beans?

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:282 - Week 2 One morning during hisbodedus, a thought came to me that I should begin harnessing the energy I receive from eating in order to implement the teachings of Azamra in my daily life.  This topic was fresh in my mind after speaking with a friend about achila d'kedusha [...]

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Mashiach’s Secret Weapon
Jun24

Mashiach’s Secret Weapon

A Sacred Time - Sivan #7 We find in Sefer Yetzirah that the letter associated with the month of Sivan is zayin. Interestingly, weapons are referred to as klei zayin. The Kabbalists explain that when the letter zayin is written in the alphabet required for a Torah scroll it resembles a staff. This alludes to [...]

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Out To The Field – Sitting Here Exhausted
Jun16

Out To The Field – Sitting Here Exhausted

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:3 - Week 2 The main avodah (spiritual practice) of this lesson is to learn Gemara at night. As someone who wakes up extremely early, doing anything at night is a REAL challenge. It is a nightly struggle just to say Krias Shema al HaMita (the Bedtime Shema) with any [...]

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Sacred Time – The Prayer Of Prayers
Jun12

Sacred Time – The Prayer Of Prayers

Sacred Time Sivan #4 Prayer Of All Prayers The Sefer Yetzirah reveals that the astrological sign for the month of Sivan is the twins. The two breads that were brought as an offering in the Beit Hamikdash on Shavuot symbolize the "twin-nature" of Torah and prayer, which work together as a harmonious whole. Rebbe Nachman, [...]

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Out To The Field – Finally Accessing The Advice
Jun02

Out To The Field – Finally Accessing The Advice

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan II:73 - Week 5 I was beginning to wonder when I would be able to access any of the eitzah in avodas Hashem that I wrote about here through saying Tehillim. Things down by the rock by the river certainly did not seem to be going my way. A [...]

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Out To The Field – The Source of Holy Advice
May19

Out To The Field – The Source of Holy Advice

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan II:73 - Week 3 Saying Tehillim in the middle of the work day outside in my special place seemed to act as a defibrillator for my neshoma; waking it up from the slumber caused by a day in the office. One day when looking through Hishtapchus HaNefesh (translated into English [...]

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Out To The Field – Going Outside To Go Inside
May12

Out To The Field – Going Outside To Go Inside

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan II:73 - Week 2 Being out of town and away from my normal environment during Pesach helped me view the Rebbe's lesson on saying Tehillim from a different perspective. Having  the opportunity to daven in a shul with a large picture window and a view of a mountain helped me [...]

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Stories of Breslov Elders: Focused Prayer & Lag BaOmer
May07

Stories of Breslov Elders: Focused Prayer & Lag BaOmer

The crush of people who converge on Meron during Lag BaOmer is unbelievable. One needs a lot of “holy chutzpah” to withstand the crowds and get into the cave where Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son Rabbi Elazar are buried. Getting near the tombs is even harder. Rabbi Yaakov Meir Schechter recounts a fascinating [...]

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Out To The Field – A Rock By The River
May05

Out To The Field – A Rock By The River

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan II:73 - Week 1 In my mind, Likutey Moharan II:73 (a lesson centered around the time period of Sefiras HaOmer) seemed to be the next logical lesson to begin after "finishing" Likutey Moharan I:9 a few days before Pesach. I had ended the last lesson still searching where [...]

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Out To The Field – Many Openings In The Darkness
Apr28

Out To The Field – Many Openings In The Darkness

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:9 - Week 2 Just as my friend had advised me, I found the time I spent slowly learning ​the meaning of the prayers in the siddur along with the simple meaning of the words to be quite beneficial (yet certainly not a "silver bullet" by any means). [...]

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