Stories of Breslov Elders: The Silent Partner
May13

Stories of Breslov Elders: The Silent Partner

Reb Chaim Krassenstein of Kharkhov (a city in eastern Ukraine) was a Breslover chassid who lived in Russia before the Communist Revolution. Reb Chaim was a successful manufacturer, and his business made him quite wealthy. In the beginning he tithed his income, but as his wealth grew, he began to give 20% to charity. He [...]

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Sweet Charity
Aug27

Sweet Charity

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... Giving charity involves making judgments, and proper judgment is reached by finding the balance between sternness and kindness. When a person gives charity before praying, it helps him also find the balance in his prayers so that they “hit their target,” right on center. (Likutei Moharan I:2) What does this [...]

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A Day In The Life Of A Breslover Part III
Jun11

A Day In The Life Of A Breslover Part III

People often ask, “What is it like to be a Breslover Chassid or a student of Rebbe Nachman?” While Rebbe Nachman strongly encouraged us to follow his advice, even if only sometimes or somewhat, Rabbi Yitzchok Breiter z”l did suggest a daily routine that we can all find to be very helpful.   Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom [...]

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The Light of Shabbos
Apr15

The Light of Shabbos

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... “Charity only comes to its full illumination by virtue of the light of Shabbos. (Likutei Moharan I:17)   What does this mean to me? This sounds so beautiful, but what, really, is the light of Shabbos? Rebbe Nachman explains that the light of Shabbos is that of faith in G-d’s [...]

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Traveling Torah
Jun29

Traveling Torah

BRI's NarrowBridge.Org sends out twice weekly inspiration providing a regular dose of hope, meaning and courage. These emails include small doses of Rebbe Nachman’s wisdom, enabling us to get through the week in a more spiritual way.  If you would like to receive these emails click here. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... Reb Nosson wrote: "This is [...]

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Opening the Way
Jun12

Opening the Way

BRI's NarrowBridge.Org sends out twice weekly inspiration providing a regular dose of hope, meaning and courage. These emails include small doses of Rebbe Nachman’s wisdom, enabling us to get through the week in a more spiritual way.  If you would like to receive these emails click here.   Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... All beginnings require that [...]

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OPENHANDEDNESS
Feb23

OPENHANDEDNESS

This week’s Torah reading has Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses our Teacher) calling upon the Israelites to donate towards the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the desert (Exodus 25:1-8). They responded by giving liberally. Each person gave as much as he wanted of what he had. Almost overnight, the Israelites donated more than enough of the [...]

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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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Giving Charity
Jan17

Giving Charity

The importance of giving charity is not so much the mitzvah itself (although that is very important) or the poor person having your gift (also important), but your learning to be generous even when you don't want to be. How can you open the door to God if you can't open the door to your [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Pinchas

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Shavuot 2:35 and Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #96 “Therefore, proclaim, Behold! I [God] give [Pinchas] My covenant: Peace” (Numbers 25:12). We know that God acts measure for measure. How, then, does a spear-toting, tribal-head killing “zealot” (a loaded word, if ever there was one!) get rewarded with God’s covenant of shalom, peace?! [...]

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