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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Purim Is Around The Corner
Jan15

Purim Is Around The Corner

Today is exactly 40 days before Purim. This is very exciting since Purim in Chassidic teachings is considered the climax of the entire year. As Rebbe Nachman hinted, now all beginnings are from Purim. This is in line with the Talmudic teaching that all Festivals will cease to be in the future except for Purim. This is so since, opposed to the Festivals that commemorate the exodus from Egypt which took place with open miracles, the...

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SidePATH: The Power of the Midnight Prayer
Jul25

SidePATH: The Power of the Midnight Prayer

Rebbe Nachman teaches: Chatzot [i.e., the practice of rising at midnight to lament the destruction of the Temple] has the power of redemption. It can sweeten harsh decrees (Likutey Moharan I, 149). At the time of Chatzot, great Lovingkindness descends from Heaven (Likutey Halakhot, Hashkamat HaBoker 1:14). Just as the Exodus from Egypt began at chatzot, so too, the Final Redemption will take place at chatzot. This teaches us that the...

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Forever Young
Mar23

Forever Young

“This month is for you, the roshei (head, beginning) of the months” (Exodus 12:2). Rebbe Nachman often talked about the importance of newness, avoiding complacency, and constantly keeping oneself—and one’s Jewishness—fresh and vibrant (see Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #51). The following may seem like a digression, but it’s really not, especially if you fancy yourself a Breslover or would like to be one. People often say—and there’s some...

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Pinchas
Jul13

Dvar Torah for Parshat Pinchas

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson #30 “Moshe spoke to God, saying, ‘Let the Omnipotent God of all souls appoint a man over the community … Let God’s community not be like sheep without a shepherd.’ God said to Moshe, ‘Take Yehoshua son of Nun, a man of spirit, and lay your hands upon him.’ … Moshe did as God ordered him” (Numbers 27:15–17, 22). “Each person must seek out a suitable teacher … one who can elucidate and give him...

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Praying with Devotion – Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom
Feb22

Praying with Devotion – Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom

66. The Rebbe constantly spoke to us about praying with devotion, telling us to put all our energy into the words of our prayers.[1] Many times he told us to force ourselves to pray. There are some who say that prayer must come of itself, without being strained. The Rebbe said that they are wrong, and one must do everything in his power to force oneself. When a person prays with concentration, binding thought to word, bending his ear...

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What is Likutey Tefilot?

Likutey Tefilot is a collection of personal prayers composed by Reb Noson of Breslov (1780-1844), the leading disciple of the outstanding Chassidic luminary, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810). The Hebrew original of Likutey Tefilot consists of two parts containing 152 and 58 prayers respectively — a total of 210 prayers. Rebbe Nachman taught that besides reciting the mandatory daily prayer services contained in the siddur, we...

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The Difference between Heartbreak and Depression

“The sacrifice to G-d is a broken spirit; G-d will not despise a broken, shattered heart.” (Psalms 51:19) “After heartbreak comes Joy.” (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom p. 150) Rebbe Nachman begins his story of “The Master of Prayer” (Rabbi Nachman’s Stries pp.278-353) describing how the hero of the story, the Prayer Leader, lived far from civilization/ but would visit inhabite areas on a regular...

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What is Likutey Tefilot?

Likutey Tefilot is a collection of personal prayers composed by Reb Noson of Breslov (1780-1844), leading pupil of the outstanding Chassidic luminary, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810). The Hebrew original of Likutey Tefilot consists of two parts containing 152 and 58 prayers respectively a total of 210. Rebbe Nachman taught that as well as reciting the mandatory daily prayer services contained in the Siddur, we should supplement...

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TIME – A MEDITATION ON REB NACHMAN'S TORAH 33

Let it wash over you, like the surf on a lazy beach day-your hands clinging to the sand Let it brush over your face like a gentle zephyr as you climb over the green hilltop Let it lighten the room like the sun finally revealing itself with the passing cloud filling your dark book-lined study through the window, in a beam of dusty particles. Stop managing it! Stop fitting your schedule into it- all those chores and errands, the...

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Likutey Tefilot Reb Noson’s Prayers Prayer 8

Attachment to the Tzaddikim Hashem: Help me draw the breath of life from the Tzaddikim to satisfy all my needs. Always hear the sound of my sighs. Let me draw the breath of live and goodness from the true Tzaddikim through my sighs, so as to satisfy my needs with everything I require, whether materially or spiritually. Let all my needs be satisfied for good, “for the source of life is with you”: you give breath and...

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