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 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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Is there a specific method to learn Sippurey Ma’asiyos (Rebbe Nachman’s Stories)?
Nov18

Is there a specific method to learn Sippurey Ma’asiyos (Rebbe Nachman’s Stories)?

An Aspiring Breslover asks: In the past we have discussed how to approach how to learn Likutey Moharan and Likutey Halachos. However, we have not yet discussed how to approach learning Sippurey Ma'asiyos. After learning these 13 stories over and over for decades, what advice would you give to the person who is just starting to take a look at these [...]

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Rebbe Nachman’s Stories: The Tainted Grain
May03

Rebbe Nachman’s Stories: The Tainted Grain

The king's star gazer saw that the grain harvested that year was tainted. Anyone who would eat from it would became insane. "What can we do?" said the king. "It is not possible to destroy the crop for we do not have enough grain stored to feed the entire population." "Perhaps," said the star gazer, [...]

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The Lost Princess Audio Rendition
Sep08

The Lost Princess Audio Rendition

Listen and enjoy! [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/uman.mp3"] Download

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THE SOPHISTICATE AND THE SIMPLETON
Feb14

THE SOPHISTICATE AND THE SIMPLETON

One of Rebbe Nachman's most memorable stories, from his classic work “Rabbi Nachman's Stories”, is “The Sophisticate and the Simpleton” (pp. 160-196). In the story, the Simpleton has very little formal education and is very limited in his abilities. He sews triangular shoes for a living, has nothing but bread and water for sustenance and [...]

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The Exchanged Children – An Audio Rendition Complete
Jan27

The Exchanged Children – An Audio Rendition Complete

A beautiful audio rendition of Rabb Nachman's Story: The Exchanged Children Listen and Enjoy! Track 1 [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/ec1.wma"] Download Track 2 [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/ec2.wma"] Download Track 3 [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/ec3.wma"] Download Track 4 [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/ec4.wma"] Download Track 5 [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/ec5.wma"] Download Track 6 [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/ec6.wma"] Download Track 7 [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/ec7.wma"] Download Track 8 [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/ec8.wma"] Download Track 9 [powerpress url="http://www.breslov.org/audio/ec9.wma"] Download Track [...]

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Rebbi Nachman’s Stories: The Horse and The Pump
Jun09

Rebbi Nachman’s Stories: The Horse and The Pump

Rebbe Nachman told a story. Once there was a man who did not accept the common belief in leitzim (devilish pranksters) from the Sitra Achra (Other Side), who sometimes come to trick people. Although such things have happened, this man did not believe in them. One night a letz (prankster) came and called him outside. [...]

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Rebbe Nachman’s Stories: The Bitter Herb
Jun05

Rebbe Nachman’s Stories: The Bitter Herb

Once two hobos, a Jew and a German gentile, traveled together. The Jew told the German to pretend he was a Jew (which he could do since their language is similar [to Yiddish]), and the Jews would have pity on him. Since Pesach was approaching, the Jew taught him how to behave (at a Seder). [...]

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Rebbe Nachman’s Story – The Turkey Prince
May31

Rebbe Nachman’s Story – The Turkey Prince

A prince once became mad and thought that he was a turkey. He felt compelled to sit naked under the table, pecking at bones and pieces of bread, like a turkey. All the royal physicians gave up hope of curing him of this madness. The king grieved tremendously. A sage arrived and said, “I will [...]

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Only Human

A person must always remember that he is human. We all make mistakes, and may even succumb to temptation and sin outright. Yet through repentance, we can dust ourselves off and start over again. Rebbe Nachnian's famous parable, "The Tainted Grain," illustrates this point: A king once told his prime minister, who was also his [...]

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