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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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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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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Why A Tzaddik? Why Rebbe Nachman? Why Uman?
Aug19

Why A Tzaddik? Why Rebbe Nachman? Why Uman?

Chances are you’ve been to Uman. If not, you certainly know someone who’s traveled to that now-famous Ukrainian town for Rosh HaShanah or another time of the year to pray at Rebbe Nachman’s gravesite. Maybe the prayers were for health, livelihood or children. Maybe they were prayers to find one's soulmate, or to find oneself. [...]

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Tzaddik:  LEADER, TEACHER, INTERMEDIARY?
Sep20

Tzaddik: LEADER, TEACHER, INTERMEDIARY?

Moshe received the Torah at Sinai and transmitted it to Joshua; Joshua to the Elders; the Elders to the Prophets; and the Prophets transmitted it to the Members of the Great Assembly (Avot 1:1). The entire body of Judaic Law, written and oral, came through Moshe, who received it directly from God. God did not [...]

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Q&A: The View of Tzadik In Breslov
May11

Q&A: The View of Tzadik In Breslov

Q: I was wondering if you know of any journal articles or books that compare and/or contrast the thought of Breslov and Przysucha, namely how Rebbe Nachman and Reb Simcha Bunim address the concept of the tzaddik and his role.  As you're probably aware, Przysucha sees the tzaddik solely as a guide for every individual [...]

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Finding the True Tzaddik
Mar02

Finding the True Tzaddik

Q: I know by Torah aleph, rebbe nachman explains that one should attach oneself to the tzaddik emet in order that the melachim cant damage ones prayer for the tzaddik loves all israel and when one is attached to all israel ones prayers cant be attacked by melachim. I was wondering if one feels a [...]

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Thinking about the Tzaddik
Jan02

Thinking about the Tzaddik

Rebbe Nachman’s beautiful chair was made by the shochet (ritual-slaughterer) of Teplik. When he delivered his gift to the Rebbe, the Rebbe was quite happy. Rebbe Nachman asked him, “How long did it take you to make the chair?” “I worked on it for an hour a day, for six months,” answered the shochet. Rebbe [...]

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ASK A BRESLOVER

Question: [su_pullquote]Aside from Rabeiny ZAL being the tzadik emet of this generation what else should I know about the tzadik to be a true breslover?[/su_pullquote] Answer: The main thing is that once we have Emunah in the Tzaddik, it is essential to follow his eitzos and advice. This is compared to "seeing the face of [...]

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Hitkashrut/Hiskashrus: Connecting to the Tzaddik

Reb S’ learns in the Mir Yeshiva (Jerusalem). He recently became interested in Breslov. He e-mailed me asking, “What does it mean to be mitkasher (miskasher) to a tzaddik?” A lot of people ask, because they really want to know. Here’s a mildly edited version of our e-mail exchange. OB: Tell me what you think [...]

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