Keep It Spiritually Simple
Aug01

Keep It Spiritually Simple

“The greatest wisdom of all is not to be clever at all. It is simply to be pure and straightforward.” —Advice, Rebbe Nachman We live in a world of extremes. Extreme immorality and extreme violence. Extreme cynicism and extreme ignorance. Extreme fear and extreme hopelessness. Sometimes it seems the only antidote to such powerful negativity is extreme asceticism [...]

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Azamra: The Mountain & The Secret,
Jul22

Azamra: The Mountain & The Secret,

Instant Azamra In the previous post, we said that it's important to understand the concept of Azamra and how following this practice empowers us and brings us to joy, and why joy is so important. In a nutshell: 1. Look for the good points in others. 2. Look for the good points in yourself. 3. When [...]

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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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Breslov Essentials: Faithful Happiness
Apr29

Breslov Essentials: Faithful Happiness

It is a great mitzvah to always be happy! Often I hear people singing one of Rebbe Nachman’s most famous quotes, “It is a great mitzvah to always be happy.” (Likutey Moharan II, 24) But by studying the various opinions of which commandments are included in the list of 613, one can conclude that none [...]

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We Have Had Enough! Dayeinu!
Apr13

We Have Had Enough! Dayeinu!

In a few hours, after days of preparations, cleaning and cooking, we will finally sit down and begin to recite the Haggadah. We will retell the story of our persecution and exile and of our miraculous deliverance and freedom. At the climax of this story, we begin to sing joyously, “diydiy-einu; diydiy-einu; diydiy-einu; diyeinu – [...]

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I May Be Blackened – But I’m Beautiful!
Apr08

I May Be Blackened – But I’m Beautiful!

"I am blackened, but I am pleasant" (Song of Songs, 1:5) I am blackened due to my misdeeds, but I am also pleasant because of the deeds of my forefathers. Even within my own deeds, there are pleasant ones to be found. (Rashi ibid.) Sifting out and identifying the good (pleasant) from the bad (blackened) [...]

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Out To The Field – Second Guessing Myself
Apr07

Out To The Field – Second Guessing Myself

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:24 - Week 5 Reflecting on how I got to this point, I began having doubts and wondered if my mind had led me astray (as it so often does). Afterall, what is the connection between simcha - the main theme of Likutey Moharan I:24, and saying Tehillim? [...]

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Out To The Field – Here Comes The First Monkey Wrench
Mar31

Out To The Field – Here Comes The First Monkey Wrench

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:24 - Week 4 ​Shortly after starting to feel progress waking up happy and grateful for a new day, I got sick. Instead of waking up as I had been, I woke up feeling like I had a head full of rocks and a sinuses that were all [...]

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Out to the Field – Deciding to be happy
Mar24

Out to the Field – Deciding to be happy

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:24 - Week 3 In order to follow my friend's suggestion, I stopped pleading to Hashem for help in hisbodedus and replaced it with thanking Him for the myriad of blessings that He sent me every day. Making this change did wonders for me. Previously, I had gone through the day making mental notes of things [...]

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Sacred Time: Dead Or Alive – Adar 8
Mar21

Sacred Time: Dead Or Alive – Adar 8

Adar 8 Dead Or Alive? After Purim, we prepare for Pesach by reading the Parshat Parah--the Torah portion that details the laws of the red heifer, which was burned so its ashes could be used to purify from the defilement of the dead. This was a necessary stage in the path to Pesach, since the [...]

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Sacred Time: It’s Never Too Late – Adar 7
Mar19

Sacred Time: It’s Never Too Late – Adar 7

Adar 7 It's Never Too Late "…And they made it a day of feasting and joy." (Esther 9:18) Rebbe Nachman’s daughter Sarah got married in Medvedevka right after Purim. Reb Nosson made the long journey to Medvedevka for the wedding, only arriving toward the end of Purim. After a very trying journey, he was so [...]

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Out to the Field – First steps; Re-balancing the scales
Mar17

Out to the Field – First steps; Re-balancing the scales

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:24 - Week 2 A Breslover chassid has to try his best to live the Rebbe's teachings in practice and fulfill them according to their simple meaning. To do this, hisbodedus becomes the foremost workshop where a person can dedicate himself to working through the issues how exactly to implement the teachings in [...]

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Sacred Time: Saving The Crumbs – Adar 6
Mar12

Sacred Time: Saving The Crumbs – Adar 6

Adar 6 Saving the Crumbs   The word Purim can also indicate peirurim, or crumbs. The verse states, "Por hitporerah ha'aretz..."--“The earth is crumbled to pieces...” (Yeshayah 24:19) Even though, in its context, the verse speaks of devastation, it also has a hidden meaning about how it is possible to repair the situation. We fix [...]

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Out to the Field – Getting my bearings
Mar10

Out to the Field – Getting my bearings

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:24 - Week 1 In addition to feeling a personal need to work on the trait of simcha (joy), I thought it would be most opportune to learn Likutey Moharan I:24, which deals with this topic, during the month of Adar given its thematic connection. Reading Rabbi Chaim [...]

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Out to the Field – A New Series
Feb28

Out to the Field – A New Series

I hope you will accompany me on a journey.  It will not be a journey to any physical destination, but a journey into the Rebbe’s teachings; exploring how even a family man living in the suburbs can bring them into his own life. I have no formal yeshiva training, I don’t live in a Chassidic [...]

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Borrow The Happiness!
Feb27

Borrow The Happiness!

Happiness gives us the strength and vitality to grow spiritually. Rebbe Nachman is well-known for his statement, “It’s a great mitzvah to be happy always!” Happiness figures prominently in many of the Rebbe’s lessons because the more joy a person feels, the more empowered he is to work on coming closer to God. If he [...]

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