Pathways Yitro
Feb15

Pathways Yitro

"Pathways" is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive "Pathways" delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF, 1.45MB)

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Pathways Beshalach
Feb09

Pathways Beshalach

"Pathways" is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive "Pathways" delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF, 1.37MB)

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In the Know
Feb09

In the Know

Knowledge, wisdom, education ... these are the cornerstones of a typical Jewish upbringing. Almost as soon as a Jewish baby is born, his or her parents have already established a college fund. This reminds me of a joke: A Jewish mother is walking down the street with her two little boys. A passerby sees the [...]

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Who Owes Who?
Feb05

Who Owes Who?

There’s an interesting dialogue in our parashah between God and Moshe. God implores Moshe, “Please, speak into the ears of the people, and let them borrow [from the Egyptians], each man from his friend and each woman from her friend, silver and gold vessels” (Exodus 11:2). Why did He need to beseech Moshe? After all, [...]

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Pathways Bo
Feb02

Pathways Bo

"Pathways" is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive "Pathways" delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF, 1.38MB)

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Pathways Vaeira
Jan26

Pathways Vaeira

"Pathways" is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive "Pathways" delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF, 1.36MB)

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Follow The Leaders
Jan19

Follow The Leaders

This week’s parashah begins by recording our nation’s first descent into the darkness of exile. The place of this exile, Egypt, was called Mitzrayim (straits). This fittingly describes the core difficulty of exile, the feeling of being squeezed and suppressed, and not knowing where to turn or how to free oneself. While the story of [...]

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Pathways Shemot
Jan19

Pathways Shemot

"Pathways" is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive "Pathways" delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF, 1.35MB)

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Charity Also Benefits the Giver
Dec20

Charity Also Benefits the Giver

Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld brought many American youth closer to Torah Judaism and to Rebbe Nachman. One of his memorable, hands-on lessons was about tzedakah (charity). When the Beis HaMikdash, the Holy Temple, stood in Jerusalem, Jewish emissaries stood near the Altar. As the sacrifices were offered, they would recite certain passages from the Torah, [...]

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Take Back the Tears
Dec11

Take Back the Tears

One of the most curious parts of this week’s parashah has to do with the Torah’s description of two of our Matriarchs. While running away from his evil, murderous brother Esau, Jacob also seeks to find the righteous marriage partner with whom he will establish the twelve tribes of Israel. He meets Rachel and immediately [...]

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Different Strokes for Different Folks
Nov28

Different Strokes for Different Folks

In Uman, Rebbe Nachman spent time with the local maskilim (Jewish assimilationists) as well as with his Chassidim. Though people wondered about his motives, the Rebbe’s whole mission with the maskilim, as with all Israel, was to implant faith and Torah. But he understood their outlook and attitudes, and used a very different approach with [...]

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Home Sweet Home
Nov23

Home Sweet Home

As I write these words, I realize that today, the eve of Thanksgiving, is the busiest travel day of the year. Although it will take many millions of people hours longer than usual to get where they want to go, nevertheless, for the sake of spending time with close friends and family, they feel it’s [...]

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What Do You Know?
Nov17

What Do You Know?

We live at a time when information is free-flowing and readily available. If you want to know how to fix the leaky sink in the bathroom, google it. Want to finally learn to play guitar or speak French? Google it. Yet Rebbe Nachman teaches that the main knowledge is realizing that you know nothing at [...]

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Beyond the Holiday Season
Nov03

Beyond the Holiday Season

How was your Yom Tov? Mine was wonderful. First I experienced the awesome spiritual heights of being in Uman for Rosh HaShanah … then the solemn uplift of the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur … then eight joyous days together with my family in the sukkah. What comes next? Besides all the schlepping, [...]

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“The Walls Have Ears”
Nov03

“The Walls Have Ears”

In the early 1960s R’ Gedaliah Fleer attempted the impossible: to visit the tziyun (gravesite) of Rebbe Nachman in Uman. The city was sealed off to foreigners, while the Communist authorities harassed Russian Jews who made the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage. Upon reaching Moscow on a tourist visa, R’ Gedaliah contacted the one man who [...]

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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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