Take An Online Journey To Uman
Dec31

Take An Online Journey To Uman

Join BRI founder Chaim Kramer, musician Shlomo Katz and a group from Efrat, Israel as they venture on a journey through the Ukraine that will change their lives forever. This special video presentation follows their journey as they listen to Torah and sing along with Chaim Kramer and Shlomo Katz while visiting the places of our heritage. [...]

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An Auspicious Beginning
Aug13

An Auspicious Beginning

On the Shabbat of Rosh Chodesh, the first day of Nisan 5532 (April 4, 1772), Rabbi Simcha and his wife Feiga, granddaughter of the Baal Shem Tov, brought a new soul down to the world in the little village of Mezhibuzh, Ukraine. This child would grow up to be Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, known later [...]

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Audio Podcast: How Far Will They Go?
Aug12

Audio Podcast: How Far Will They Go?

The stories of the early travelers to Rebbe Nachman' and the other great Ukrainian Tzadikim's grave-site with Rabbi Nosson Maimon. Click here to listen.

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Forge On!
Dec18

Forge On!

Reb Noson explains that Chanukah is a time when the spiritually ill — really, all of us — have a chance to recover. When the king hears that his trusted servant is sick, he goes to visit his faithful aide. Seeing the monarch at his bedside, the sick man wants desperately to get up to [...]

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Dance Of A Lifetime
Sep18

Dance Of A Lifetime

Once there was a simple tailor. He purchased a burial plot in the local cemetery and spent time there every day, reciting the entire Book of Psalms. Naturally, he said the words with great fervor, since he was in the place most suited to remind him that this world is only a temporary stop on [...]

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You Are Bigger Than Your Mistakes
Aug14

You Are Bigger Than Your Mistakes

The students of the Baal Shem Tov were often ridiculed for their allegiance to their rebbe. But they stood strong, committing themselves to serve God. One student of the Baal Shem Tov would eat only on Shabbat. He would secretly refrain from food and drink for the rest of the week as he immersed in [...]

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A Chassidic Maaseh (#27)
Jun03

A Chassidic Maaseh (#27)

A Chassidic Story (#27) Reb Mendel of Bahr once related the following: When I was young, there was a period when I was davening (praying) with particular passion and fervor. One day, while I was davening, the thought struck me: How do I dare daven to God, when I am so filled with sin?! This [...]

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A Humble Week
May03

A Humble Week

Let’s start with a Chassidic story. The holy Baal Shem Tov was once a guest at someone’s home. He got up to go from a large room to a smaller room, but took a wrong turn and ended up in the cellar. “Check the mezuzahs,” he said. Someone there asked him, “Just because a person [...]

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The Ba’al Shem Tov On Loving Your Fellow Jew
Jan18

The Ba’al Shem Tov On Loving Your Fellow Jew

In response to recent news from Eretz Yisrael, we are posting a few excerpts from the opening section of “The Path of the Baal Shem Tov,” with a minor modifications. Sources include both early and later Chassidic traditions, including several from Chabad. Ahavas Yisrael is the first gate which leads to the courtyard of the Creator [...]

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A Chassidic Story (#25)
Jan06

A Chassidic Story (#25)

A Chassidic Story (#25) This week’s Torah reading, parshas Vayechi, deals with the passing of Yaakov Avinu, our Patriarch, who was the real-live, everyday father of his twelve sons (and Dinah, his daughter). It includes his final words to them, what he felt they had to know to properly fulfill their mission. Similarly, the haftorah [...]

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A Chassidic Story (#24)
Dec31

A Chassidic Story (#24)

A Chassidic Story (#24) Reb Shneur, the grandson of Reb Nachman Kosovar, told the following story about his grandfather and Reb Yudel of Tchidnov who was the rabbi of Ludmir. Reb Nachman built a shul (synagogue) in Ludmir, right near a stream. The mikveh (ritual bath) was adjacent to the shul. One Shabbos morning, before [...]

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A Chassidic Story (#23)
Dec10

A Chassidic Story (#23)

A Chassidic Story (#23) Listen, if you’re paying any sort of attention to what’s going on in all the parshas (weekly portions) concerning the Avot and Imahot (Patriarchs and Matriarchs), you’re certainly aware that every detail of their lives made—and continues to make—a big difference. Every detail of life is an example of Divine providence. [...]

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A Chassidic Story (#15)
Oct08

A Chassidic Story (#15)

A Chassidic Story (#15) This story is one of my personal favorites. It’s human in many ways: the innkeeper’s desire to help both at the story’s beginning and end; in the protagonist’s tenderheartedness and his desire to celebrate Shabbat as best way possible. There’s a deep current of mystery running throughout and—it’s a fish story. [...]

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A Chassidic Story (#5)
Jul24

A Chassidic Story (#5)

Shivchei HaBaal Shem Tov #65 {This story was also told by Reb Zelig to the compiler of Shivchei HaBaal Shem Tov. Even though it is not about the Baal Shem Tov, it is included because it teaches some important lessons. The one whose dream-vision it is, is assumed by many to be Reb Yaakov Yosef [...]

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A Chassidic Story
Jul16

A Chassidic Story

Shivchei Baal Shem Tov #63 I heard this from Rebbe Aharon of Mezbuz, who told this to the rabbi of our community [Rebbe Gedaliah of Linitz]. The Baal Shem Tov was once traveling to Brod. The night before his arrival he stayed in a near-by village. That night the Baal Shem Tov became so frightened [...]

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A Chassidic Story
Jul10

A Chassidic Story

Shivchei HaBaal Shem Tov #62 Reb Meir of Anipoli told the following story. In a certain village there lived a sock-maker. Summer, winter, spring and fall, the sock-maker would daven (pray) in the local shul (synagogue). Even if there wasn’t a minyan, he would daven there by himself. The Baal Shem Tov was once visiting [...]

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