Rabbi Rosenfeld Yahrzeit Gathering
Dec12

Rabbi Rosenfeld Yahrzeit Gathering

Rabbi Rosenfeld was a modern-day pioneer of the Breslov movement who brought the Chassidus to American shores and nurtured its growth among American-born students for more than thirty years. Rabbi Rosenfeld’s lineage traces back to Reb Aharon, the Rav of Breslov, and Reb Shmuel Yitzchak, the Rav of Tcherin, both of whom were among the [...]

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The Best Career of All
Nov03

The Best Career of All

One of Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld’s Talmud Torah students, whom we’ll call “Kohn,” lived next-door to the Rosenfeld family. One Friday night, Rabbi Rosenfeld’s four-year-old son opened his bedroom window before going to sleep and heard Kohn singing zemirot. He went to tell his father. Rabbi Rosenfeld came into the room, sat on his son’s [...]

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Rebbe Nachman’s Elul Lesson – Free Download
Jul08

Rebbe Nachman’s Elul Lesson – Free Download

Lesson #6 of Likutey Moharan has traditionally been studied yearly by Breslover Chassidim around the world. This amazing lesson explains the essence of Teshuva (returning to God) and how to go about it. We present you with this free download: Download (PDF, 587KB)  

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Breaking Cruelty with Compassion
Dec11

Breaking Cruelty with Compassion

The poverty of R’ Pinchas Yehoshua of Tcherin is hard for us to grasp. He was so poor, he could only afford to rent a hovel with a dirt floor, and it cost him five rubles a year. One year’s rent was so difficult for him that he was forced to put off paying it. [...]

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Nip It in the Bud
Dec06

Nip It in the Bud

Breslover chassidim would say that it’s best to be quiet about the good that you do. Letting other people know about your accomplishments leads only to pride, and pride is the enemy of serving God. Reb Noson was very careful to trim any harmful pride that he found growing within the hearts of his students. [...]

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Speaking Before the King
Nov27

Speaking Before the King

Rebbe Nachman tells a parable: Once there was a lord who had a very competent clerk in his employ. One day he sent this clerk to oversee a distant city within his fiefdom. When the clerk arrived at his post, however, he didn’t mention the lord at all, and people got the impression that the [...]

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Return To Sender
Nov20

Return To Sender

Once, a young Jewish man from Tulchin became enamored of the new works of the secular Haskalah (Enlightenment movement) and decided to pursue their worldview. Unfortunately, soon after the advent of the Haskalah, it became clear that such an immersion nearly always led to the abandonment of Jewish observance in any form. After a period [...]

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The Spiritual Birthright Of A  Jew
Nov17

The Spiritual Birthright Of A Jew

In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the struggle between Esav and Yaacov, a struggle so primal it began in the womb. Whenever our matriarch Rivka would walk by a House of Torah Study, Yaacov would turn and reach, straining to get closer to the sweet sounds of Holy Torah learning. But whenever Rivka [...]

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The Dust of Mitzvot
Nov13

The Dust of Mitzvot

Rebbe Nachman said that a poor person is closer to God because he recognizes how much he has to rely on God for his every need. In fact, it would be a good thing if his followers were not wealthy. “Still,” Rebbe Nachman continued, “in each generation there will be a few of my people [...]

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Showdown in the Synagogue
Nov05

Showdown in the Synagogue

A secular Jew worked as a scribe in the government office in Uman. He was known as “der Deutschel,” meaning, someone of German descent. Somehow, one Shabbat he found himself in the kloyz, the Breslover synagogue in Uman, during Mussaf. They were just reciting the prayer that begins, “A crown will be given to You, [...]

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The Loyal Messenger
Oct29

The Loyal Messenger

There was once a king who wished to send secret messages to a fellow monarch, but the only route passed through a hostile neighboring kingdom. The enemy king was always on guard, fearing a conspiracy between his allied neighbors. The king’s first messenger was exceedingly wise. He passed through the enemy kingdom and never blew [...]

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Out To The Field – Shifting Gears
Aug25

Out To The Field – Shifting Gears

Continued from the last posting here: After completing the 40 day project a few days before leaving for vacation, I had the inclination that it was time to shift gears. When learning Likutey Moharan I:49 at the end of 2012, I had never taken the time to learn one of the corresponding discourses in Likutey Halachos [...]

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The Breslov Elul Text – Torah Vav
Aug20

The Breslov Elul Text – Torah Vav

When the month if Elul comes around, Breslover Chassidim from around the world study and review lesson 6 of Rebbe Nachman's Likutey Moharan. This lesson is called "Torah Vav," and discusses Rebbe Nachman's view of Teshuvah (returning to God.)  We are happy to present this lesson to you. Enjoy! Download (PDF, 587KB)

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Out To The Field – Azamra Yomi
Aug04

Out To The Field – Azamra Yomi

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:282 - Week 7 In addition to going to Uman for Rosh Hashana and spending an hour a day in hisbodedus, a Breslover chassid is required to learn halacha every day. In the book A Day in the Life of a Breslover Chasid, Rabbi Yitzchok Breiter (1886-1943) summarized the Rebbe’s directive about a [...]

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Out To The Field – Living In The Present
Jul28

Out To The Field – Living In The Present

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:282 - Week 6 Continuing to focus on correcting my behavior instead of my youngest child's behavior, I had another important insight during hisbodedus. The insight was that another display of my chutzpah was how I was routinely annoyed by my youngest child's constant request to go to a store [...]

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Out To The Field – What Chutzpah!
Jul14

Out To The Field – What Chutzpah!

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:282 - Week 4 Using the notebook on the first night of the 40 day plan to find my youngest child's nekudos tovos (good points),  I was only able to record eight items. As the days went on, I slowly became more attuned to identifying the faintest trace of nekudos tovos [...]

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