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 [...]
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.
How do we develop self-esteem? For starters, don’t fall into the grasshopper trap. A grasshopper is not capable of the kind of reflection needed for self-reflection, self-knowledge, and personal growth.
There is an amazing concept in Judaism, one which radically contradicts the beliefs of much of the world. That is, when a person performs a mitzva simply because it is commanded by God, the merit is greater than for one who performs a mitzva out of other motives, instead—even out of the kindness of one's heart. Ideally, we [...]
The Talmud (Taanis 8b) instructs us that when a person enters the barn to measure the new grain crop he should say the blessing: May it be Your will Lord our God, that You send blessing on the work of our hands. Then he begins to measure and says: Blessed be He who sends blessing into this pile of grain. But if [...]
Women who are eager to learn Breslov Chassidut are an amazingly honest bunch. When we learn Azamra our responses to the lesson show that we’re willing to do the hard work it takes to make this powerful teaching of Rebbe Nachman's part of ourselves. Whether in class or one-on-one learning, whenever we discuss Azamra, there are two main types [...]
Azamra! Thinking bad–or good–about others is just a habit and habits can be broken.
Each of us is a unique soul, but we’re also part of a larger collective soul. Seeing the good in others has an effect on us all.
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 [...]
In Azamra, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov shows us how to elevate and transform ourselves and others.
Chametz is forbidden on Passover. Why is it allowed the rest of the year? The answer, according to Breslov thought. (Hint: It’s about Joy).
I no longer am fearful, but eager to embrace Passover preparations now that I know joy is an essential part of the holiday, and stress is not.
To find joy is the hardest thing of all. It is harder than all other spiritual tasks...Put all your energy into being happy. — Rebbe Nachman of Breslov The Rebbe tells us that, if need be, we should force ourselves to be happy. Of course, this advice is not politically correct. From today's psychological viewpoint, forcing yourself [...]
The Rebbe told his followers how he had worked on overcoming his negative traits. When he was young he had a hot temper, and became angry at the “slightest provocation.” But he yearned to be a good and kind person, as God also desires each of us to be. “So the Rebbe began working on [...]
Got Life? When you're a child, the minutes seem like hours and the hours like days. Then, you grow up. And time flies. Despite the fleetingness of time, if you're like most people, at some point in your life you've "killed time." Perhaps you've even killed a whole day. Or days. “Killed 'em dead.” What [...]
Rosh Hashana is the day of judgment for all humankind. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. In other words, it’s the birthday of everyone's great, great, great (and so on), grandparents! It is a day of awe and fear and also a day of celebration. Rosh Hashana is a day [...]