Breslov Customs – Elul
Aug24

Breslov Customs – Elul

Most Breslover Chassidim in Eretz Yisrael recite the prayers ofYom Kippur Katan every Erev Rosh Chodesh. But even those who do not observe Yom Kippur Katan every month recite the prayers on Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul and Erev Rosh Chodesh Nisan. In addition, many Breslover Chassidim travel to Meron on Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul to recite the Yom Kippur [...]

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Prayers and Torah for Tisha Av
Jul15

Prayers and Torah for Tisha Av

As Jews around the world gather and mourn the continued destruction of our physical and spiritual Bait Hamikdash, we would like to share some precious resources with you. It is customary to only study Torah that relates to the theme of this day. The folks at Artscoll were kind enough to share part of the [...]

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Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom: Pesach and Unnecessary Stringencies
Mar27

Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom: Pesach and Unnecessary Stringencies

In Likutey Moharan II, 44, the Rebbe cautions us not to be overly stringent in any observance. The Rebbe quotes the Talmudic maxims, “God does not rule over His creatures with tyranny” (Avodah Zarah 3a), and, “The Torah was not given to the ministering angels” (Berakhot 25b; see “His Wisdom” #30). The Rebbe also said, [...]

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Q: Breslov VS Chabad customs etc…
Feb01

Q: Breslov VS Chabad customs etc…

Q: As far as practice goes, how is Breslov different from Chabad? Do they place importance on similar things? Do Breslovers use the Siddur Tehillas HaShem or a different one? A:  The most noticeable differences are [1] when they daven (pray) Shachris -- Breslovers daven as early as possible, even with a sunrise minyan, whereas Chabadniks daven later [...]

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Breslov Shavuot Customs
Jun01

Breslov Shavuot Customs

Shavuos Shavuos was one of the three fixed times of the year when Breslover Chassidim came to the Rebbe. Therefore, in recent years it has become common for many Breslovers travel to Uman to spend Shavuos near the Rebbe's tziyun. * However, in Reb Noson’s day, his talmidim used to travel to him for Shavuos. [...]

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Q&A: Clapping Your Hands
May15

Q&A: Clapping Your Hands

Q: I am aware that there are several teachings concerning clapping during tefilla in Likutei MohaRan. I was wondering if there are any specific times or prayers that the Chasidei Breslov clap for, and whether there are any times that are considered inappropriate to clap? I've seen people clap during the Amidah, but I have taken [...]

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Charity in Nisan
Mar31

Charity in Nisan

With thanks to Halacha for Today, a most worthwhile site and mailing list. 1. The month of Nisan is a very opportune time to increase one’s giving of charity. Charity given in Nisan helps accelerate God’s acceptance of our tefilot (prayers). (Shelah HaKadosh, beginning of the section Masekhta Pesachim. See also Kav Hayashar #88.) 2. [...]

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The Breslov Garb
Feb27

The Breslov Garb

I know there is no official Breslover garb, however are any of the chassidic garments (gartel, beketshe, shtreimel, etc.) mention in any of Rabbeinu or Rebbe Nosson's writing? Via the Breslov.org FAQ: There is no typical Breslover dress-code, and indeed Breslover community gatherings are characterized by an enormous diversity of costume indicating the diversity of [...]

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About Payot
Feb20

About Payot

Peyos, what is the authentic Breslover hanhagah/tradition? Rebbe Nosson writes in Tzaddik that the Rebbe once hinted at the deeper meaning of why payot are curled. I guess you can infer from there that the best way to have them would be like that. Breslover Chassidim also like to have long payot in general because [...]

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In Honor of Tu b’Shevat
Jan18

In Honor of Tu b’Shevat

The following is from the forthcoming volume of Breslov Research’s translation of Likutey Moharan. which, with God’s help, will see the light of day before Pesach 5771. Translated by Moshe Mykoff, annotated by Chaim Kramer and edited by yours truly. Those big numbers that show up here and there are footnote markers. I apologize for [...]

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SHOVaVYM (ToT)
Jan06

SHOVaVYM (ToT)

This is “extra credit,” intended to be informative, not obligatory. This is a slightly updated version of a dvar Torah from many years ago, so if it looks familiar, you know why. The week of the Torah-reading (parshat) Shemot begins the period of Shovavym. SHOVaVYM is an acronym for the first six parshiot found in the [...]

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Breslov Approach to Minhagim / Customs
Jan05

Breslov Approach to Minhagim / Customs

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was not only the leader of a close-knit chaburah pursuing the highest spiritual ideals, but a universal figure. He spoke to all. Therefore, the movement he began has always been more accommodating of diversity than others. Even today, there is no pressure on those who seek to follow the Rebbe's path [...]

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Q&A: Red Strings
Nov26

Q&A: Red Strings

Q: Good day! -- I've just returned again from my offices in India and I have a question I'm hoping you can provide me an answer. I noticed that most people I came across in India had a red string tied to their wrist and when I asked a few people on my team the [...]

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Immersing in the Mikva, even on erev Yom Kippur
Sep15

Immersing in the Mikva, even on erev Yom Kippur

Question: dear rabbi, i want to go erev yom kippur to the mikva. as far as i know i dont have to say a blessing like the woman do befor they immerse.am i right? do i also have to immerse 3 or 7 times? what is the minhag for men to immerse? thanks daniel Answer: [...]

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These Special Days of Elul

During these special days of Elul, there is a custom to recite “Tikunei Zohar”. It has a very great power to awaken the innermost parts of the soul to feel its closeness with Hashem. This is because the Tikunei Zohar speaks a lot about the holiness and exaltedness of the Jew, and the holiness of [...]

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Question: Did Rebbe Nachman have a certain method for tying tzitzit?
Aug27

Question: Did Rebbe Nachman have a certain method for tying tzitzit?

ASK A BRESLOVER Question: Did Rebbe Nachman have a certain method for tying tzitzit? Answer: I know some in Tzfat are influenced by the Ari-Kabala customs but besides for that, I don’t believe there are any specifically Breslov ways of tying the tzitzit! The following article discusses known Breslover Customs: http://www.nachalnovea.com/breslovcenter/articles/The_Practice_of_Breslov_Chassidus.pdf

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