Ask A Breslover: How Do I Be Happy?
Nov17

Ask A Breslover: How Do I Be Happy?

Q: I’m trying (in all of this mess that is my life) to be happy, but I’m finding it so difficult to even smile. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do , but I do know that I want to be happy and find happiness in all things and in every situation. A: Dear Friend, Rebbe Nachman said when you don’t have joy, fake it. He also recommended doing “milsa d’shetusa” something silly – this can be VERY important to just get you out of your...

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Q: Freeing The Lost Princess
Apr06

Q: Freeing The Lost Princess

Q: I read the story and then remembered having tried to tackle it before in the BRI book, ‘Rabbi Nachman’s Stories’. I had little success understanding the message except allegorically. The ending of ‘no end’, is totally confusing. I think if I read the commentary, some of it will come together, but what burst my bubble in the commentary was the statement in the very beginning, ‘This story is one of...

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Why Is Breslov So Repetitive?
Mar26

Why Is Breslov So Repetitive?

Q: I’m seeking to find my way and hope you may be able to point me in the right direction. Brief background: I’m about to turn 68, retired, and became a Baal Teshuvah 14 yrs ago. Being a late starter in Orthodoxy and watching life’s clock seemingly speeding up more and more every day, in an effort to learn some many things I’ve mastered absolutely nothing. In 2005, I was introduced to Breslov Chassidus, and...

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Ask A Breslover: How Do I Learn Mussar?
Oct15

Ask A Breslover: How Do I Learn Mussar?

Q: I’m confused about when Rebbe Nachman says that you should be happy 23 hours a day, and than for one hour admit your sins work on ways to improve etc. Does that mean we shouldn’t learn mussar seforim or listen to shiurim of mussar? I’m very confused, and I would greatly appreciate clarification. A: Reb Noson explains (it is brought in Meshivas Nefesh) that we must not allow ourselves to become depressed or down...

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Ask A Breslover: Are Demons For Real?
Mar13

Ask A Breslover: Are Demons For Real?

Q: What does Judaism say about demons? A: The Gemara speaks of them in a matter of fact way as quite real and entities to be reckoned with. The Mishnah states that they were created in the twilight of genesis (which is a subject of interpretation among the commentators). The Zohar also discusses demons, as do many other kabbalistic texts. Yet we have a tradition that the Arizal banished the demons of his era. And although some came...

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Ask A Breslover: Tikkun HaKlali For Women
Jan27

Ask A Breslover: Tikkun HaKlali For Women

Q: My wife wants to know if their are books or teachings (i.e. Tikkun HaKlali) that are equivalent to the teachings of shimras habris for men.  A: Since it helps rectify all sins, Tikkun ha-Klalli may be said by men and women alike. Paraphrasing the Zohar, Reb Gedaliah Kenig once remarked: “The pasuk (Tehillim 91:10) states ‘Lo si’uneh eilekha ra’ah (No evil shall befall you)’ – this alludes to the men;...

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Ask A Breslover: Drawing Shabat Into The Week
Jan25

Ask A Breslover: Drawing Shabat Into The Week

Q: I was wondering if you could help me understand the concept of “drawing the holiness of Shabbos into the days of the week.” What does this mean? How is it done? Thanks. A: Thanks for your important – and extremely practical — question.  The holiness of Shabbos is manifested in a number of ways — e.g., the special foods we eat, clothes we wear in her honor — but the essence of Shabbos is something...

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Ask A Breslover: Individualism & Breslov
Jan01

Ask A Breslover: Individualism & Breslov

An Aspiring Breslover asks: Do you feel that Breslov is a more individualistic path than others? Does the community or “chaburah” (group) loom as large in Breslov Chassidus as elsewhere in the Chassidic world? Rabbi Dovid Sears answers: First, I think there is no way for anyone to follow a spiritual path except as an individual. As the old folk song goes, “You got to walk that lonesome valley by yourself.”  This point is brought out...

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How does one convert to Breslov Judaism?
Nov20

How does one convert to Breslov Judaism?

Question: “How does one convert to Breslov Judaism?” Answer: Shalom T! First, one must convert to Judaism through an Orthodox Jewish beit-din (religious court) according to standard halakhic (Jewish law) procedures and standards. (Please do not ask us how to do that! This is not our area of expertise nor our field. Kindly do a Google search to find contacts and information.) Once that happens, one is free to affiliate with...

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Why: “Remove His glory from the other nations?”
Nov19

Why: “Remove His glory from the other nations?”

Question: “How come Moshe asks G-d to remove His glory from the other nations as a way of singleing out Israe’s unique character? Isn’t it better for other nations to have a greater connection to G-D?” Answer: Shalom G! As I understand the Rashbam (on Exodus 33:16), Moshe Rabbeinu’s request is not only Jews vis-a-vis Nations of the World, but also Moshe Rabbeinu vis-a-vis the Jewish people. The point of...

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Ask A Breslover: Why don’t you turn your wives into Chassidim?
Jul26

Ask A Breslover: Why don’t you turn your wives into Chassidim?

Q: Rebbe Nachman once asked, “Why don’t you turn your wives into Chassidim?” What does that mean to us? A: This is a tough one, I have heard several different approaches. Some are conservative and some are modern. As is the norm in Breslov Chassidus, Rebbe Nachman spoke in universal terms and his teachings apply differently to each individual. I suppose that it depends on your upbringing, community and marriage...

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Ask A Breslover: Which Questions Are OK To Ask?
Jul17

Ask A Breslover: Which Questions Are OK To Ask?

Q: The Rebbe speaks many times in Sichot HaRan (Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom) about not learning Sifrei Hamachakrim (philosophical works) or thinking about such questions. The Rebbe also writes in Torah 62 that questions that have answers to them a person must answer. What are the two types of questions the Rebbe speaks about? A: Simply put, the two types of questions come from two stages of Creation. Those which originate from the...

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Ask A Breslover: Was Likutey Moharan Written Through Prophecy?
Jul16

Ask A Breslover: Was Likutey Moharan Written Through Prophecy?

Q: How did R’ Nachman write Likutey Moharan? Was it through prophecy, or based on the teachings of the Zohar, or something else? A: Rebbe Nachman’s teachings are based on the Written Torah (TaNaKh) and Oral Torah (Talmud, Midrash, Zohar), both the revealed and esoteric (Zohar, Kabbalah). The combination of Rebbe Nachman’s genius and tremendous purity (kedushah v’taharah) is so powerful and astounding, that is...

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Ask A Breslover: Why Did the Uman Kedoshim Need A Tikkun?
Jul15

Ask A Breslover: Why Did the Uman Kedoshim Need A Tikkun?

Q: If the 1000s of Jews in Uman were masaquered why did they require a tikun? A: Although the reward dying al kiddush Hashem is extraordinarily great, it does not necessarily mean that a neshamah had fixed everything it needed to. For even if a neshamah fixed what it needed for itself, it may not have finished the work it needed to for other neshamot that were connected to it. Additionally, even if the kedoshim were fully ready to go,...

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Ask A Breslover: How Do I Know That HaShem Still Loves Me?
Mar29

Ask A Breslover: How Do I Know That HaShem Still Loves Me?

Q: How can I know that if i did the worst sins in the world, I can still return to HaShem? A: You asked very good questions, questions that many of us have asked more than once in our lives. The answers take a certain degree of emunah that a person doesn’t always have. (Our emunah has ups and downs.) May Hashem give you the desire for emunah and the emunah itself. A Jew has to know that as bad as he has been (even if he has...

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Q&A: Reciting Shemot HaTzaddikim (The Names Of The Righteous)
Mar12

Q&A: Reciting Shemot HaTzaddikim (The Names Of The Righteous)

Q: Shalom,when is the best time for reading (names of the tzaddikim)?It should be recited one time or in some parts?for which problems we can read this names(illness,marriage,parnasa………)? You can read/recite the names of the tzaddikim in part or in its entirety (it’s a lot!) for any problem you wish to address (illness, marriage, etc.), for any person or persons you would like it to benefit. All the best. Ozer...

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