The Traveling Uman-Women’s Boutique
Jul10

The Traveling Uman-Women’s Boutique

"Know! a person must travel to the Tzaddik in search of what he's lost. For prior to a person coming out into the air of this world, he is taught and shown all that he needs to do, work at, and achieve in this world. But as soon as he comes out into the air of the [...]

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The Real Power of Positive Thinking
Apr24

The Real Power of Positive Thinking

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 [...]

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Are You Being Taken Advantage Of?
Mar06

Are You Being Taken Advantage Of?

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 [...]

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Your Thoughts And The Power Of Hisbodedus
Dec22

Your Thoughts And The Power Of Hisbodedus

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.

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Azamra For Grasshoppers
Jun12

Azamra For Grasshoppers

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.

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Personalize Your Passover & Prepare For Joy
Apr01

Personalize Your Passover & Prepare For Joy

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 [...]

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The Blessings Of Tu B’Shevat
Feb03

The Blessings Of Tu B’Shevat

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 [...]

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Azamra: Glasses And Mirrors
Jul15

Azamra: Glasses And Mirrors

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 [...]

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Azamra: The 7 Habits Of Highly Connective People
Jul01

Azamra: The 7 Habits Of Highly Connective People

Azamra! Thinking bad–or good–about others is just a habit and habits can be broken.

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Azamra: See No Evil?
Jun19

Azamra: See No Evil?

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.

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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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Self-Transformation With Azamra!
Apr30

Self-Transformation With Azamra!

In Azamra, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov shows us how to elevate and transform ourselves and others.

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Bread And Breslov Joy
Apr25

Bread And Breslov Joy

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).

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A Simple, Sincere Passover
Apr01

A Simple, Sincere Passover

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.

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Joy–Your Spiritual Task
Mar18

Joy–Your Spiritual Task

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 [...]

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Two Keys To Overcoming Anger
Mar04

Two Keys To Overcoming Anger

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 [...]

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