Born in Cuba, Nestor (Nachum) Gorﬁnkel is now a lawyer in Miami, Florida. He is married to Maria (Miriam) and has two children, Luis (Eliyahu) and Hannah. Nestor’s family fled Cuba to the United States about three years after Castro came into power. His father had survived the war years in Siberia and in the [...]
I was raised in a religious home, but by the time I graduated high school, I was completely uninterested in religion. When my parents bribed me to spend the summer in Israel on a religious study tour, I thought, How bad could it be? I planned to show my face at the study sessions and [...]
Update: Almost 100 people dialed into our first national teleconference. We received a great number of questions as well. We are happy to present the recording and Q&A to you. Please stay tuned for future teleconferences. The topic was: "Rebbe Nachman is relevant and essential in our lives today."
You have the ability to connect with and build on your own inner holiness. Take your holiness with you as you journey through life.
In Azamra, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov shows us how to elevate and transform ourselves and others.
Chametz is forbidden on Passover. Why is it allowed the rest of the year? The answer, according to Breslov thought. (Hint: It’s about Joy).
I no longer am fearful, but eager to embrace Passover preparations now that I know joy is an essential part of the holiday, and stress is not.
Q: I'm seeking to find my way and hope you may be able to point me in the right direction. Brief background: I'm about to turn 68, retired, and became a Baal Teshuvah 14 yrs ago. Being a late starter in Orthodoxy and watching life's clock seemingly speeding up more and more every day, in [...]
There was a castle made of water. It had ten walls, one inside the other, all made of water. The floors inside the castle were also made of water. This castle also had trees and fruit, all made of water.
To find joy is the hardest thing of all. It is harder than all other spiritual tasks...Put all your energy into being happy. — Rebbe Nachman of Breslov The Rebbe tells us that, if need be, we should force ourselves to be happy. Of course, this advice is not politically correct. From today's psychological viewpoint, forcing yourself [...]
The Rebbe told his followers how he had worked on overcoming his negative traits. When he was young he had a hot temper, and became angry at the “slightest provocation.” But he yearned to be a good and kind person, as God also desires each of us to be. “So the Rebbe began working on [...]
Got Life? When you're a child, the minutes seem like hours and the hours like days. Then, you grow up. And time flies. Despite the fleetingness of time, if you're like most people, at some point in your life you've "killed time." Perhaps you've even killed a whole day. Or days. “Killed 'em dead.” What [...]
Last week we sent out an email out announcing that for the first time BRI would be hosting a meal tent in Uman. There are now only only 60 spots left. We ask you to register ASAP as we must confirm our numbers. The subsidized cost is $90 for adults and $45 for children; this includes [...]
An Aspiring Breslover asks: Do you feel that Breslov is a more individualistic path than others? Does the community or “chaburah” (group) loom as large in Breslov Chassidus as elsewhere in the Chassidic world? Rabbi Dovid Sears answers: First, I think there is no way for anyone to follow a spiritual path except as an individual. [...]
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: “It [...]
Question: "How does one convert to Breslov Judaism?" Answer: Shalom T! First, one must convert to Judaism through an Orthodox Jewish beit-din (religious court) according to standard halakhic (Jewish law) procedures and standards. (Please do not ask us how to do that! This is not our area of expertise nor our field. Kindly do a [...]