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 Chanukah lights for the final time that year. All that remains is for us to thank and praise the Almighty, which fills our entire year...

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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 the menorah in the second Temple. Although the Maccabees clearing through the devastation of the sacked Temple only found one day’s...

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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 taste the spiritual delight of this special time. How can I access it? Through prayer. Rav Shmuel Shapira, one of the...

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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 good deed that we do, we are able to access the most lofty spiritual light and forge an eternal connection to G-d. We...

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BRI Chanukah Publication
Dec18

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,...

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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 serve his king, yet the king demurs. “I came here only to encourage you. I don’t want you to get up. Just enjoy my attention and make sure to rest so you...

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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 enrolled in our program! Distributing Breslov books to Israeli soldiers (and their...

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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 will not show favor [in judgment]’ (Devarim 10:17), but on the other hand, You wrote, ‘HaShem will show favor to you’ (Bamidbar...

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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 will properly honor and cherish it!” (Shabbat 88b). Thank goodness, God chose not to side with them then,...

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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 famously pointed out, the Greeks are long gone along with the rest of the great powers of antiquity (except China...

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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, armed with the best weaponry and strategy. What could a soldier of antiquity do against trained elephants? Yet, in some...

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Pathways From Parshat Mikeitz
Dec13

Pathways From Parshat Mikeitz

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The Message In The Menorah
Dec12

The Message In The Menorah

Each year when Chanukah time swings around, fond memories of lighting the menorah come to mind. I remember being with my family, singing Maoz Tzur and eating latkes with applesauce. But year after year as we continue to light the menorah, are these experiences just a nostalgic ritual, or do they grow and become exciting and ever more meaningful? The laws of lighting the Chanukah menorah contain some interesting contrasts. On the one...

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I Lit the Chanukah Candles. Now What?
Dec06

I Lit the Chanukah Candles. Now What?

OK. I lit the Chanukah candles. Now what? One of the many beautiful things I like about Chanukah, is that it’s so easy. Don’t have to build a sukkah, get rid of all my cake and bourbon during pre-Pesach cleaning, try to stay awake all night as on Shavuot. I don’t even have to worry about a possible hangover as happens to some the day after Purim. Just show up and light a candle. Even I can do that! But in some ways, for some people,...

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Seeing the Light (Chanukah and Yosef)
Dec06

Seeing the Light (Chanukah and Yosef)

Perhaps the most dramatic story in the Torah concerns the fraternal jealousy and eventual betrayal of Joseph. It starts by Jacob showing favoritism towards Joseph. The brothers get a sense of this and begin to hate him. Then Joseph relates his dreams to his brothers, telling them how they all bowed down to him in the dreams. The brothers interpret this as a threat that he will rule over them and conspire to throw Joseph into a pit...

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