Hold On! Torah Joy Meshivat Nefesh #57 The Jewish people are called an am segulah—a “treasured nation”—but the term segulah really means having some quality that is inherent and not clearly quantifiable. This name was given to the Jewish people at the giving of the Torah, since it’s really by virtue of the Torah itself that [...]
Hold On! The Children of Kings Meshivat Nefesh #56 In one of Rebbe Nachman’s longer tales, “The Exchanged Children,” we learn that the soul can be compared to a true prince who was exchanged at birth with the child of servants. In the story, the true prince spends his formative years going through one trial after [...]
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Today therapists, motivational speakers, and teachers of Jewish spirituality all agree that positive thinking can literally change a person’s life. The source of your personal power is your mind, and with a little practice, your thoughts and feelings can actually be in your control. What are the vital steps we need to take to achieve [...]
Hold On! Endless Levels Meshivat Nefesh #54 The greatest of tzaddikim spend their lives rising from level to level in their devotions and in their grasp of Godliness. They never rest on their laurels, but always begin again, fully aware that God’s infinite nature means that they have always only just begun. No matter how high [...]
Hold On! Never Get Old! Meshivat Nefesh #53 King Solomon called the evil inclination, “The Old, Foolish King.” He’s foolish because he gives me bad advice; he’s king because it’s all too easy to obey him. And Reb Nosson teaches that he’s old…because he makes me feel old. My lower self tries to tell me, “It [...]
Hold On! Patience! Meshivat Nefesh #52 Reb Nosson taught that there’s one powerful remedy that keeps us from getting discouraged by all of our challenges and our fallings and failures, especially when we really have spiritual aspirations and cannot seem to bring them into reality. It’s called patience. Patience doesn’t only mean not getting upset when [...]
Meshivat Nefesh #51 What do we mean when we say that we feel far from God? How can far even apply to God, who is absolutely everywhere? One of the Names that we use for God is “HaMakom”—The Place. The sages taught, “He is the Place of the world, but the world is not His [...]
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Doormat-itis Do you feel like you can’t say “no”? Does it seem like people take advantage of your kindness? Do you try to overlook people’s faults and concentrate on their nikudos tovos (good points) as Rebbe Nachman of Breslov teaches us, but end up feeling resentful? If so, this post’s for you. I came home [...]
Hold On! Instant Renewal Meshivat Nefesh #45 Starting again isn’t always so easy, but Rebbe Nachman gave advice to help me jump-start my spiritual life when it feels like it’s gotten stagnant: Refresh yourself with Torah. The Torah links me with the infinite mind of my Creator, and so it always has endless new levels of [...]
Hold On! Doing the Work Meshivat Nefesh #49 While it’s true that God’s infinite light extends throughout every single part of creation, there are places where it’s very hard to discover. Rebbe Nachman taught that, in just such places and situations and states of mind, the loftiest light is available…as long as we work hard enough [...]
Dear Women, You asked and we listened! You’re invited to a special Breslov event just for women on Sunday, February 26th at the JCC of Manhattan. Azamra: Hearing the Song of Your Soul An Afternoon of Self-Discovery with Healing Chassidic Meditation, Art and Music Date: Sunday, February 26th Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Place: [...]
One of the key tools used in the Jewish spiritual tradition that can have a profound impact on the way we think is hisbodedus, sometimes called Jewish meditation.
Hold On! Personal Sanctuary Meshivat Nefesh #48 Rebbe Nachman taught: The Mishkan and the Beit Hamikdash were built out of the individual good-will offerings of the Jewish people. Some brought gold, some silver, some brought precious stones and some fabric. Rebbe Nachman explains that the Sanctuary—the place of prayer—is literally built from the good points within [...]