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 (i.e. uplifting the act of eating into something more than a simple indulgence in one’s physical...

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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 the staff with which Moshe was victorious. Since the purpose of weapons is to win in battle, fighting implements, such as a...

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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 modicum of kavannah (intent)! So when considering how I was going to start implementing the Rebbe’s eitzah (advice),...

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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, z”l, explains that there is a kind of prayer which is subordinate to Torah and another that transcends...

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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 large rain storm made the water level rise and almost entirely cover my rock.     When the water level subsided almost a week later, the...

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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 as “Outpouring of the Soul”), I took note of the Alter Tepliker’s commentary on Likutey...

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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 realize just how vitally important it was to me to connect the words of prayer with the beauty of...

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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 experience he had that taught him what a regular practice of hitbodedut and cultivation of the quality of selflessness can...

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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 I could find one of the “many openings in the darkness.” I decided to return to this new...

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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). I did have one important revelation during this process of studying the siddur though; a new found understanding for the...

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Out To The Field – Unlocking The Truth In Your Heart
Apr20

Out To The Field – Unlocking The Truth In Your Heart

Continued from the last posting here: Likutey Moharan I:9 – Week 1 “And know! Everything depends on the degree of emes (truth) a person has. For the main light is Hashem, and Hashem is the essence of emes. Hashem’s primary yearning is for nothing but the emes… …See it that words leave your mouth in emes, and then, from Above, Hashem will long to dwell with you. And when he dwells with you, He will shine...

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Out To The Field – Second Guessing Myself
Apr07

Out To The Field – Second Guessing Myself

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:24 – Week 5 Reflecting on how I got to this point, I began having doubts and wondered if my mind had led me astray (as it so often does). Afterall, what is the connection between simcha - the main theme of Likutey Moharan I:24, and saying Tehillim? I was relieved when I opened up Likutey Halachos one morning to one of the discourses Reb Noson wrote expounding on this teaching in...

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Out To The Field – Here Comes The First Monkey Wrench
Mar31

Out To The Field – Here Comes The First Monkey Wrench

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:24 – Week 4 ​Shortly after starting to feel progress waking up happy and grateful for a new day, I got sick. Instead of waking up as I had been, I woke up feeling like I had a head full of rocks and a sinuses that were all backed up. Nevertheless, I summoned any enthusiasm I could muster, said Modeh Ani and then headed downstairs for hisbodedus. Compounded with this head cold, one...

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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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Prayers and Torah for Tisha Av
Jul15

Prayers and Torah for Tisha Av

As Jews around the world gather and mourn the continued destruction of our physical and spiritual Bait Hamikdash, we would like to share some precious resources with you. It is customary to only study Torah that relates to the theme of this day. The folks at Artscoll were kind enough to share part of the English/Hebrew Edition Schottenstein Talmud that deals with this. Here is a download link. Secondly, we have prepared Rebbe...

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Have Faith In Your Prayers
Jan16

Have Faith In Your Prayers

We all want and need different things. Sometimes those things are spiritual, like feeling closeness with God or working on our own character traits. Sometimes they are physical needs, like a working car, a reasonably-priced house, and the like. Whatever we need, Reb Noson teaches that prayer is the way to bring about a manifestation or “birth” of these blessings into our lives. But doesn’t this sound too easy? Not really. In order to...

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