Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z”l – Pioneer of Breslov Chassidus In English
Apr18

Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z”l – Pioneer of Breslov Chassidus In English

Behind the extensive library of the Breslov Research Institute is a secret. Before the publication of our more than one hundred titles, including pioneering English translations of all of Rebbe Nachman’s works, there was one man and a tape recorder. That man was Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld, z”l, who brought the teachings of Rebbe Nachman [...]

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The Old Tzaddik’s Essential Advice
Mar06

The Old Tzaddik’s Essential Advice

"There is a classic sefer called Likutey Moharan, written by Rav Nachman Breslover, a great tzaddik and a great genius. He writes that an old tzaddik once told him an important thing. In his younger years, said this old tzaddik, he was all alone with no one to take an interest in him. Had someone [...]

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Rays of Hope – A Breslov Family Magazine
Feb18

Rays of Hope – A Breslov Family Magazine

Looking for a way to pass the time on those long Shabbat afternoons? Do you love being inspired and uplifted? Whether you prefer the deep and insightful articles, or the light and warm articles, whether you like insightful poetry or practical tips, there is something for everyone! Pick up your copy today! Available at the [...]

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Rav Avigdor Miller on Rebbe Nachman’s Stubbornness
Feb14

Rav Avigdor Miller on Rebbe Nachman’s Stubbornness

Q: How do I deal with the fact that I keep failing in things that I want to accomplish in עבודת ה׳? I try but it doesn't go. I feel like I just want to give up already. A: There's a certain Rebbe, the Breslover. So, in one of his ספרים he writes as follows. [...]

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What’s Greater Than Wisdom?
Aug02

What’s Greater Than Wisdom?

“Each person must cast aside all of his sophisticated ideas and serve God in simplicity and innocence. For a person’s deeds should be greater than his wisdom.” —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov To some, this is one of the most startling teachings in the Breslov panoply. Simplicity and innocence are not glamorous. And they don’t hold much [...]

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You’re Invited!
May20

You’re Invited!

Travel to Uman Summer 2017 from Breslov Research Institute on Vimeo. BRI & Breslov Campus Invite You to Join Our 2nd Annual BRI Uman Experience for Women with Chaya Rivka Zwolinski June 28* through July 2 For More Information Call 347-271-9539 or Email UmanWomen@Breslov.org  Everyone’s Welcome Reserve Before June 1st & Pay Only $850 Dear Friend, This past Rosh Hashanah, tens [...]

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Ask A Breslover: Is There A Soul Correction For Cancer?
May18

Ask A Breslover: Is There A Soul Correction For Cancer?

Q: Can you tell me if Rabbi Nachman ever said a soul correction for cancer? A: According to Jewish wisdom, there is always a spiritual correlative to a physical state of health or disease—however, a linear correlation isn’t always so apparent, and a causative one isn’t always completely accurate. Rebbe Nachman taught extensively about achieving spiritual awareness [...]

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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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Let in the Light!
Oct27

Let in the Light!

Mazel Tov, we have completed the reading of the Torah! Incredibly enough, just a few minutes after finishing a year’s worth of reading, following a small celebration, we begin all over again. In this vein, Rebbe Nachman would always encourage his Chassidim to start afresh and never become accustomed to “regular, everyday life.” We may [...]

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Who Are You Doing Teshuvah For?
Sep19

Who Are You Doing Teshuvah For?

Life is so incredibly topsy-turvy from the moment you wake up – or the moment you don’t wake up! The kids missed the school bus. Check. The car door was left open and the ignition won’t start. Check.  There was an accident on the highway and traffic is backed up for miles. Check. So often [...]

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How Can We Change?
Sep12

How Can We Change?

“Be tamim (wholesome or simple) before HaShem your God.” On this verse, Rashi explains that one should conduct himself before God with simplicity, looking to Him dependently. One should accept whatever happens with utter simplicity. Rashi ends with a golden guarantee: “Then you will be together with Him and a part of His portion.” As [...]

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Shame On Me! Parashat Re’eh
Sep01

Shame On Me! Parashat Re’eh

It’s that time of year again: National Teshuvah Month, aka Chodesh Elul. In “honor” of this special time of year, Breslover Chassidim customarily study Lesson #6 of Rebbe Nachman’s Likutey Moharan. I highly recommend it, as it provides the necessary framework to achieve a real and productive teshuvah. My own recollection of this time period [...]

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Time to Rebuild  – Shabbat Nachamu
Aug21

Time to Rebuild – Shabbat Nachamu

If someone were to curse and totally demean you, wouldn’t it seem strange if he told you moments later how great he is going to make you? Well then, take a look at what’s going on: First, the prophet Amos informs us that God compares the Jews to Cushites, saying, “Are you not like the [...]

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Who Was “The Deutschel”? (Part I)
Aug21

Who Was “The Deutschel”? (Part I)

There was a German Jew who was pious, learned and wealthy, blessed with righteous and scholarly sons. When they came of age, he summoned them and said, “Beloved children! I’ve decided to send you to seek your fortunes abroad. Money you’ll be provided with. My only condition is that you return in exactly five years [...]

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