A Winter of Opportunity
Jan04

A Winter of Opportunity

A Sacred Time - Tevet 4 The deeper works point out that the name of the month, Tevet, also means to set up the oil-lights of the Temple. While we know that the light of Chanukah continues to shine throughout this month to warm our hearts and souls, there is another message hiding in the letters. [...]

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Keeping the Flame
Dec20

Keeping the Flame

A Sacred Time - Tevet 1 Chanukah always transitions into the month of Tevet; the final day of the holiday is the second day of the month. The deeper works explain that the light of Chanukah continues to shine spiritually even after the festival. Just how long we can warm ourselves at the dying embers [...]

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Chanukah with Rebbe Nachman
Dec07

Chanukah with Rebbe Nachman

Chanukah with Chaim Kramer from Breslov Research Institute

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BRI Chanukah Publication
Dec03

BRI Chanukah Publication

We hope you enjoy this free BRI Chanukah publication which includes a Chanukah related lesson from Likutey Moharan, as well as several prayers relating to Chanukah. Enjoy! Download (PDF, 671KB)

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Where Are You?
Oct15

Where Are You?

Tishrei Another name for Tishrei is Yerech Ha’eitanim, the “Month of the Mighty.” It’s our opportunity to access the vast spiritual reserves available only during the special holidays of this month. Now that we’re at the end of the month, we bring closure to this special time by remembering that the power of these holy [...]

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The Light of Gratitude
Dec24

The Light of Gratitude

The final days of Chanukah always fall out during the beginning of the month of Tevet. The last day is known as Zot Chanukah, “this is Chanukah,” since it is the culmination of the many rectifications of this precious holiday. The Oneg Shabbat explains that by the final day of Chanukah we have lit the [...]

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Nothing Is By Chance
Dec24

Nothing Is By Chance

It is customary on Chanukah to play dreidel. A dreidel is a kind of top with four sides that has different Hebrew letters inscribed on each side. The four letters are nun, gimel, hei and shin. This is an acronym for “nes gadol hayah sham”—“A great miracle occurred there.” This alludes to the miracle of [...]

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Taste the Joy!
Dec24

Taste the Joy!

Chanukah is such a pleasure—every child’s (and adult’s) dream: you get to eat delicious (and fattening) food, play games for money (or chocolates), there are gifts…what more could you ask for in a holiday? But where is the soul of Chanukah? Childlike, I can enjoy the physical delights of Chanukah, but I also yearn to [...]

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G-d’s Chanukah Gift To You!
Dec18

G-d’s Chanukah Gift To You!

The Chanukah lights have somewhat unusual rules attached to them. One may not derive personal benefit from them—to read by, for example—but it’s actually a mitzvah to simply gaze at them. Reb Nosson explains that the lamps of Chanukah allude to the powerful light of mitzvot that fills the home of every Jew. With every [...]

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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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Hear My Personal Story – Yossi Katz
Dec16

Hear My Personal Story – Yossi Katz

Wishing you Chanukah Sameach! As you know, we’re in the final days of 2014, a year in which your support was crucial to helping BRI accomplish vital projects. Some of these include: Creating BreslovCampus.org—the world’s first, live, free, online Breslov yeshiva! We went live with our first semester with five incredible courses—and we had over 500 [...]

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Light Up Chanukah W/ Chaim Kramer VIDEO
Dec15

Light Up Chanukah W/ Chaim Kramer VIDEO

Uncover The Hidden Essence of Chanukah How the Holiness of Chanukah Relates to Yom Kippur—and to the Future The True, Spiritual Nature of the Festival of Lights

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Chanukah, Olive Oil & Food
Dec14

Chanukah, Olive Oil & Food

“You shall eat, be satiated, and bless HaShem your Lord for the good Land (i.e. the Holy Land) which He has given you” (Devarim 8:10). Rav Avira stated ... the Heavenly angels questioned HaShem regarding a seeming contradiction that appears in the Holy Torah: “On the one hand, You wrote, ‘I am a Lord who [...]

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Mission Impossible
Dec11

Mission Impossible

It’s literally the world’s oldest argument. Before Creation, God consulted with the angels, asking their opinion of His new enterprise. They argued against it: “What is man that You should remember him?” (Psalms 8:5). When God desired to give us His holy Torah, once again the angels countered, “Leave the Torah with us and we [...]

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Lighting the Night
Dec11

Lighting the Night

Chanukah always begins on the twenty-fifth day of Kislev. We light the menorah to celebrate the triumph of the eternal flame of Torah over the forces of spiritual darkness and materialism. One day’s worth of oil burned for eight days, defying nature, just like the survival of the Jewish people defies reason. As Mark Twain [...]

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Trust In G-d
Dec06

Trust In G-d

The deeper works explain that Kislev is the time to develop deep bitachon, active trust in G-d. The word kesel, meaning security, is the root of the name of the month. During this month, the Jewish people beat impossible odds: our ragtag army of untrained soldiers against the most powerful army in the ancient world, [...]

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