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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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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Pathways From Parshat Vayeishev
Dec06

Pathways From Parshat Vayeishev

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What I’m Thankful For
Dec05

What I’m Thankful For

Eight—count ’em, 8!—days of Chanukah, the Jewish holiday dedicated to thanksgiving. Of course, we give thanks all year long, at least three times a day (morning, noon and night), usually more, but Chanukah and on Chanukah, it‘s all about giving thanks. Being thankful, saying “thank you” and living thankful is not just polite and more than being friendly and considerate. Rebbe Nachman zl teaches that giving thanks is what the World to...

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Video Replay: An Evening With Rebbe Nachman – Incredible Inspiration!
Dec13
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Post-Chanukah Dvar Torah – Multiple-Choice Quiz
Dec10

Post-Chanukah Dvar Torah – Multiple-Choice Quiz

Based on Sichot HaRan (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom) #1 Multiple-Choice Quiz: Are your Chanukah candles still burning? A) No B) Yes C) Don’t know D) Unable to answer The correct answer is any and all of them. Allow me to explain. Your physical Chanukah candles have certainly burnt out by the time you read this. So (A) is correct. If you lit Chanukah candles then yes, they are, because finding that small jar of happy-Jewishness will keep you...

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A Final Chanukah Thought
Dec08

A Final Chanukah Thought

As we gaze at the lights of the Menorah for a final time tonight, we must think about taking something along with us in the cold winter months that lay ahead. Who are we to turn but to Rebbe Nosson for his advice? Rebbe Nosson asks a fundamental question, what is the difference between the Shabat candles and Chanukah candles? We know that one cannot make the blessing on the Shabat candles unless he has enjoyment from the light,...

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A Final Chanukah Thought

Chanukah – A Final Thought By Yossi Katz As we gaze at the lights of the Menorah for a final time tonight, we must think about taking something along with us in the cold winter months that lay ahead. Who are we to turn but to Rebbe Nosson for his advice? Rebbe Nosson asks a fundamental question, what is the difference between the Shabat candles and Chanukah candles? We know that one cannot make the blessing on the Shabat candles...

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Dvar Torah for Chanukah

Dvar Torah for Chanukah By Ozer Bergman  Based on Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #81 Your home has a front door, right? You probably lock it at night. Even during the day, if you don’t lock it, you surely close it. Why? Because you don’t want uninvited guests or pests—squirrels, pigeons, bears—to barge in, walk around and ruin anything. Two-legged intruders may take food, furniture, jewelry and even the peace of mind that the security of home...

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Dvar Torah for Chanukah

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Beitzim 4:1 An egg which is round on both ends, or pointy on both ends, is certainly not kosher. An egg which is round on one end and pointy on the other, may be kosher. You have to ask someone trustworthy (Shulchan Arukh, Yoreh Deah 86:1). Round and pointy refer to two traits for which Jews are known, shame and brazenness, respectively. Too much of either is a sure sign that one will successful in neither...

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