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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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, [...]

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Azamra: The Tzaddik’s Mission
Jul30

Azamra: The Tzaddik’s Mission

Look for the good points. In others. In ourselves. This brings us to joy. The joy washes over us and we are able to talk to God and create a relationship with Him. This is the essence of Azamra. When we choose and collect these good points, we create a melody, much as a musician [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Building for Eternity
Feb28

Building for Eternity

Every four years, in honor of the Olympic Games, tens of billions of dollars are expended and a virtual city is constructed – only to be abandoned a few weeks later. Thousands of years ago, our Jewish ancestors recognized what a waste of gelt this was (not to mention the excessive physical labor) and came [...]

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A Matter of Survival
Feb20

A Matter of Survival

Desert islands are a popular backdrop for jokes. Once a Jew was discovered on a desert island. The fellow who finds the Jew surviving on tropical fruit and living in a bamboo hut notices that he has also built two other huts. “Those are synagogues,” the Jew explains. “But why do you need two of [...]

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How Does Rebbe Nachman Speak To Me?
Jan22

How Does Rebbe Nachman Speak To Me?

At first glance it doesn’t seem possible. How can the words of a 19th-century Chassidic master from a small town in the Ukraine speak to people living in the 21st?century metropolises of the Western world? What does Rebbe Nachman know of the modern age—its scientific and technological breakthroughs; its advances in medicine, genetic engineering and [...]

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The Seven Pillars of Faith
Jan07

The Seven Pillars of Faith

Fundamentals of Breslov Teaching In “Seven Pillars of Faith” R. Yitzchok Breiter clarifies the meaning of seven basic ideas or themes which are at the root of all of Rebbe Nachman’s teachings. The concept that underlies the whole work is that of Hashgochoh Protis, “Individual Supervision”, which means that G-d lovingly supervises every single details [...]

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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 [...]

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The Role Of The Tzaddik
Oct08

The Role Of The Tzaddik

There is a simple, yet often misunderstood concept: the Tzaddik. Outside of Chassidic circles, when asked ?What exactly is a Tzaddik? Some might answer,  "A saintly individual," or "A very good person," or "Someone very devout." Yet this still doesn't explain the force that propels not only life-long Chassidim, but Jews from all backgrounds and [...]

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Free Interlinear Translation Tikkun HaKlali PDF
Jul14

Free Interlinear Translation Tikkun HaKlali PDF

I received an email this morning from a friend in Eretz Yisroel with a link to a beautiful free Interlinear English/Hebrew Tikkun HaKlali that I think many will find helpful especially for their mobile devices. I have pasted the link below. For those of you who don't know what the Tikkun HaKlali is, here is some [...]

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The General Remedy
Jul02

The General Remedy

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... The reason why it is necessary to recite ten psalms is that there are ten kinds of song corresponding to the ten expressions of song and praise on which the book of Psalms is based… Each of these expressions has the power to nullify the power of [the force of [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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