Back to “Normal”
Oct23

Back to “Normal”

How was your Yom Tov? Mine was wonderful. First I experienced the awesome spiritual heights of being in Uman for Rosh HaShanah, then the solemn upliftedness of the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, and then eight joyous days together with my family in the sukkah. But the Sunday after was very difficult. Besides [...]

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Out To The Field – Living In The Present
Jul28

Out To The Field – Living In The Present

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:282 - Week 6 Continuing to focus on correcting my behavior instead of my youngest child's behavior, I had another important insight during hisbodedus. The insight was that another display of my chutzpah was how I was routinely annoyed by my youngest child's constant request to go to a store [...]

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Sacred Time – Rosh Chodesh Sivan: Listen For The Melody
Jun01

Sacred Time – Rosh Chodesh Sivan: Listen For The Melody

Sacred Time Listening For The Melody Rosh Chodesh During Sivan we celebrate receiving the Torah on Shavuos. Reb Nosson, z”l, explains that the foundation of accepting the Torah and mitzvot is emunah. It follows that we must work to attain a new level of emunah during Shavuos. Reb Nosson goes on to explain that the [...]

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The Road To Faith
May09

The Road To Faith

Faith depends upon truth. If you will only search for the truth with complete honesty you will eventually realize that you must have faith in God, in the true Tzaddikim, and in the holy Torah. You will realize this in spite of the fact that such faith is not something that is susceptible to our [...]

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A Second Chance
May07

A Second Chance

Do you ever find yourself saying, “I really messed up! I blew it! What a missed opportunity!” Those negative emotions plant themselves in our brains and nag at us constantly, especially at this time of year. We’ve just finished observing Pesach and rediscovering that we are a Godly People. We realized that we’re not really [...]

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12 Tips for Difficult Moments
Aug08

12 Tips for Difficult Moments

The following are some tidbits for strengthening oneself in trying and difficult times. It is our hope that they will be of true and eternal help: 1.      The main area of free will in life is regarding Faith/Emuna. To choose to believe that Hashem is running your life and not you. 2.      Know and believe that when [...]

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The Only Advice
Jul31

The Only Advice

  Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... Reb Nosson wrote: “There is no other advice for anyone in the world except to have faith and to trust G-d. The most effective way to build this trust is to strengthen oneself in Torah study and prayer each day. For the world is a passing shadow and, no [...]

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Holding On Even During The Darkest Moments
Jul05

Holding On Even During The Darkest Moments

1.       Even a person who is so steeped in sin and in a pursuit of lust can separate himself from his evil ways by simply sighing out of regret for his evil deeds. The act of sighing - especially out of regret - exhales the "evil air/influence" and inhales a more purer air/influence into a person. [...]

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Holding On In Life – No Matter What
Jun18

Holding On In Life – No Matter What

1. The search for the "real truth" is basically tapping into Hashem's "Divine Countenance". Just as His Countenance is the strongest and most protective force in creation, so too the person who is simply and honestly looking for the real truth is in a sense protected from all evil and falsehood. You have nothing to [...]

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Anecdotes For Life
Jun09

Anecdotes For Life

Here are some more anecdotes that might be of some help in life: 1.       We are so weak, that we can only arouse Hashem's "limited" compassion upon us. What to do? To simply ask Hashem's limited compassion itself to arouse on our behalf His "unlimited and endless" compassion. This way there is always hope, no matter [...]

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The Breath of the Little Children
May20

The Breath of the Little Children

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... Every tzaddik has a spark of Moshe, the faithful shepherd of the Jewish people, who presided over the mishkan. And every tzaddik has certain souls among the Jewish people that learn in his personal mishkan like little children learn in the class of their rebbe. These little children, these souls, [...]

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Money-Lust
May07

Money-Lust

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... There are “faces of holiness”—faces of light and vitality—and there are “dark faces” of the “other side,” of depression and idolatry which plague people who are steeped in the lust for money. The root of this lust is a lack of faith that G-d can provide a person with sustenance [...]

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The Way to the Land
Apr26

The Way to the Land

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... Know that faith, miracles, prayer and the Land of Israel are all a single, organic whole. The Land of Israel is the place where faith, miracles and prayer reach their highest expression. (Likutey Moharan I:7)   What does this mean to me? Just a few weeks ago, I heard the [...]

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A Journey of Repair
Apr23

A Journey of Repair

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... Medicines are compounded from plants, which grow from the earth, which is sustained by rain, which is sent by G-d’s mercy to a world that acknowledges Him and has faith in Him. When the ultimate catalyst, faith, is lacking, illnesses come to the world that medical experts cannot cure. But [...]

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A Journey of Repair
Apr19

A Journey of Repair

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... All journeys can serve as a means of repairing one’s faith. Sometimes a person travels because he feels unsure that G-d can provide from him where he is; this is a sign of blemished emunah. Later, when he makes another journey, he can repair the damage to faith that made [...]

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The Light of Shabbos
Apr15

The Light of Shabbos

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... “Charity only comes to its full illumination by virtue of the light of Shabbos. (Likutei Moharan I:17)   What does this mean to me? This sounds so beautiful, but what, really, is the light of Shabbos? Rebbe Nachman explains that the light of Shabbos is that of faith in G-d’s [...]

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