One Step Back
Mar28

One Step Back

Hold On! One Step Back Meshivat Nefesh #17 There’s an expression: “Two steps forward, one step back.” Rebbe Nachman explains that as we grow, there are times when it feels as though we’re being pushed back. We might have the most important goals before us, and it really can feel as though G-d is rejected [...]

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Balancing Act
Nov13

Balancing Act

Have you ever wondered why Jacob was specifically chosen to father the twelve tribes and establish the Jewish nation? Weren’t Abraham and Isaac also fitting figures? Yet despite their greatness, Abraham fathered a “Ishmael” and Isaac fathered an “Esau.” What was Jacob’s secret to perfection? The Torah alludes to Esau’s essential point by saying, “Isaac [...]

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I’m Not a Robot!
Oct22

I’m Not a Robot!

Last night I read a news report so upsetting, it weighed heavily on my mind the entire night. People have opposing opinions regarding current events, and it’s probably better for me to leave the story out, but suffice it to say that we live at a time when good and evil are confused and compassion [...]

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Letting in the Light
Oct15

Letting in the Light

Mazel tov! As you hopefully noticed, we missed publishing Pathways Bereishit last week, the first week of the year. Although I was sad to have skipped a week, I do have a happy excuse: we were blessed with a baby girl. So, in honor of the new baby, we will attempt to make up for [...]

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Plan B
Aug28

Plan B

Walking the streets of Israel, one of the most common expressions you’ll hear is “B’seder.” This is generally equivalent to the way we would say, “OK.” However, in Israel, this expression has taken on a panoply of different meanings. “Would you like to meet for coffee at 10?” “B’seder.” “How are you feeling today?” “B’seder.” [...]

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Court Is In Session
Aug20

Court Is In Session

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision in redefining marriage that will go down as one of the most consequential positions in American history. The ethical conscience of the Western world will be highly influenced and perhaps completely reformed by this decision. But what really changed between “yesterday” and “today”? Didn’t we each already [...]

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Shame On Me!
Aug13

Shame On Me!

It’s that time of year again: National Teshuvah Month, aka Chodesh Elul. In “honor” of this special time of year, Breslover Chassidim customarily study Lesson #6 of Rebbe Nachman’s Likutey Moharan. I highly recommend it, as it provides the necessary framework to achieve a real and productive teshuvah. My own recollection of this time period [...]

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Let Go And Let G-d
Jul24

Let Go And Let G-d

Tisha B’Av is often called the saddest day of the Jewish year. It commemorates so many tragedies, including the destruction of both Holy Temples, the Spanish Inquisition and European pogroms. On Tisha B’Av, we sit on the floor and weep as we remember everything that was lost, and recite many special prayers that bring us [...]

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Should We Laugh Or Cry?
Jul10

Should We Laugh Or Cry?

When I think of the summer, I imagine people reclining on golden, sandy beaches, letting the cool waves wash up against their feet. They have no worries at all, just lots of time to relax and enjoy. The Jewish calendar is our spiritual compass; it points us in the direction we should be heading. Just [...]

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Distance Is A Virtue – 17th Tammuz & the 3 Weeks
Jul05

Distance Is A Virtue – 17th Tammuz & the 3 Weeks

Today, Moshe smashed the ten commandments and the tablets written by the “finger of God” were destroyed. These tablets were so awesome that had they not been destroyed, the light of the Torah would have connected us to God in an inseparable way. Instead, they were smashed and we received a Torah where the answers [...]

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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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The Pattern Of Our Lives
Nov13

The Pattern Of Our Lives

Do you often wonder when you will finally be able to catch your breath? Do you ever say to yourself, “I thought I was finally done with these issues”? Well, life isn’t so easy after all. But this is also nothing new; in fact, Abraham had some very difficult life issues of his own. Famine: [...]

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Living “Here” & “Now”
Nov05

Living “Here” & “Now”

It was one of the greatest challenges of all time, the greatest sacrifice ever asked of a man: to offer up his own son. We often explain the difficulty of Abraham’s test according to the pain a loving father must endure in killing his beloved child; or because Abraham, being the worldwide leader of monotheistic [...]

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All In Good Time
Oct29

All In Good Time

If I were to ask, “What is the secret cause of evil and sin?” what would you answer? Perhaps you would suggest lust, greed, or one of our many other base temptations. However, Reb Noson offers one basic catalyst: Time. Our Rabbis teach that the evil inclination is only influential “in its time” (Yerushalmi, Sotah [...]

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Soldier On
May22

Soldier On

The drive down from the hills of Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport is a lonely one. After having been privileged to travel to the Land of Israel and bask in its holiness for a few days, it isn’t so easy to depart and return to “normal life.” Thankfully, I remembered that I had a precedent. [...]

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See You in Meron!
May13

See You in Meron!

Bon voyage! As I write these words, I am preparing to leave my home in Lakewood, New Jersey, for the Holy Land. Why, you ask? Well, besides the privilege and mitzvah of walking dalet amos in Eretz Yisrael, I am traveling in order to join the pilgrimage to the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai [...]

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