Ask A Breslover: How Do I Be Happy?
Nov17

Ask A Breslover: How Do I Be Happy?

Q: I’m trying (in all of this mess that is my life) to be happy, but I’m finding it so difficult to even smile. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do , but I do know that I want to be happy and find happiness in all things and in every situation. A: Dear Friend, Rebbe Nachman said when you don’t have joy, fake it. He also recommended doing “milsa d’shetusa” something silly – this can be VERY important to just get you out of your...

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Striking It Rich!
Aug21

Striking It Rich!

Wealth is something that most people spend their days dreaming about. But how does one actually become wealthy? In 1999 the executive chairman of Google (then the CEO of Novell), Eric Schmidt, said in an interview with Forbes: “Lots of people who are smart and work hard and play by the rules don’t have a fraction of what I have.” Schmidt acknowledged that the scale of inequality generated by the new wealth “makes me uncomfortable.”...

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New Openings
Jul27

New Openings

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #8 The three weeks is the hardest part of the year for the Jewish people. It is much harder to hold onto a deep connection to Hashem during this time. What are we to do when we feel under attack, when everything seems to be going wrong? When Reb Nosson was going through real distress during this exact period, he said: “Our only source of vitality is the Rebbe’s teaching about focusing on the windows of...

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How We Can Bring Mashiach
Jul17

How We Can Bring Mashiach

  We think of Moses as being the ultimate prophet, someone who spoke “face to face” with God and stood between Heaven and earth. Therefore we assume that when he experienced a prophecy, its message and interpretation were obvious to him. Indeed, in this week’s parashah Moses states, “This is the word that God has commanded” (Numbers 30:2). Rashi explains that only Moses was able to say “this,” describing the vision that God had...

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An Interesting Gematria: Iron Dome
Jul11

An Interesting Gematria: Iron Dome

Over the last few days I have received numerous emails reading something like this: The numerical value of “Kipat HaBarzel” (the Hebrew translation of the Iron Dome missile protection system) is equal to 749. The ten chapters of Psalms included in Rebbe Nachman’s Tikkun HaKlali also equal exactly 749 (16,32,41,42,59,77,90,105,137,150). According to Rebbe Nachman’s tale, the 7 Beggars, in the merit of the ten...

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Sacred Time – Rosh Chodesh Sivan: Listen For The Melody
Jun01

Sacred Time – Rosh Chodesh Sivan: Listen For The Melody

Sacred Time Listening For The Melody Rosh Chodesh During Sivan we celebrate receiving the Torah on Shavuos. Reb Nosson, z”l, explains that the foundation of accepting the Torah and mitzvot is emunah. It follows that we must work to attain a new level of emunah during Shavuos. Reb Nosson goes on to explain that the deepest and most essential joy that one can possibly experience is rooted in realizing that Hashem is the One who does...

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Out To The Field – Here Comes The First Monkey Wrench
Mar31

Out To The Field – Here Comes The First Monkey Wrench

Continued from last week here: Likutey Moharan I:24 – Week 4 ​Shortly after starting to feel progress waking up happy and grateful for a new day, I got sick. Instead of waking up as I had been, I woke up feeling like I had a head full of rocks and a sinuses that were all backed up. Nevertheless, I summoned any enthusiasm I could muster, said Modeh Ani and then headed downstairs for hisbodedus. Compounded with this head cold, one...

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Sacred Time: (Re-in) Venting Your Spleen – Adar 4
Mar09

Sacred Time: (Re-in) Venting Your Spleen – Adar 4

Adar 4 (Re-in) Venting Your Spleen The organ that is associated with the month of Adar is the spleen. Its function in the body is to filter and cleanse the blood of worn or deficient blood vessels. The Zohar explains that a filter is, by definition, an expression of Gevurah–restraint. When the spleen does its job, old blood is replaced, its iron is recycled, and a healthy reserve is maintained for emergencies. If it isn’t fit,...

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Two Keys To Overcoming Anger
Mar04

Two Keys To Overcoming Anger

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 his temper, until he overcame it completely. He rejected anger completely, pushing himself to the opposite extreme. In the place of anger, he had absolute...

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The Seven Pillars of Faith
Jan07

The Seven Pillars of Faith

Fundamentals of Breslov Teaching In “Seven Pillars of Faith” R. Yitzchok Breiter clarifies the meaning of seven basic ideas or themes which are at the root of all of Rebbe Nachman’s teachings. The concept that underlies the whole work is that of Hashgochoh Protis, “Individual Supervision”, which means that G-d lovingly supervises every single details of the life and growth of every Jew individually. But if everything is under God’s...

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The Only Advice
Jul31

The Only Advice

  Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Reb Nosson wrote: “There is no other advice for anyone in the world except to have faith and to trust G-d. The most effective way to build this trust is to strengthen oneself in Torah study and prayer each day. For the world is a passing shadow and, no matter what, our days are going to pass.” (Healing Leaves, p. 39) What does this mean to me? In Hebrew, the word for trust is bitachon,...

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Holding On Even During The Darkest Moments
Jul05

Holding On Even During The Darkest Moments

1.       Even a person who is so steeped in sin and in a pursuit of lust can separate himself from his evil ways by simply sighing out of regret for his evil deeds. The act of sighing – especially out of regret – exhales the “evil air/influence” and inhales a more purer air/influence into a person. Thus, even if a person can’t say any retort to Hashem, he can at least let out a sigh. 2.       Regarding...

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Holding On In Life – No Matter What
Jun18

Holding On In Life – No Matter What

1. The search for the “real truth” is basically tapping into Hashem’s “Divine Countenance”. Just as His Countenance is the strongest and most protective force in creation, so too the person who is simply and honestly looking for the real truth is in a sense protected from all evil and falsehood. You have nothing to be afraid of!!! 2. Hashem, the Tzaddikim and the Torah offer guidelines for those looking...

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The Great Love Between Us
May28

The Great Love Between Us

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… There are two kinds of love: one is “love within days,” meaning that is within measures. This is G-d’s love for us in action. But there is also love that is in potential, the love that existed between the Jewish people and their Father in heaven even before creation, when the Jewish people existed only within the mind of G-d. This is “love within mind,” and we cannot apprehend it truly now, for...

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The Breath of the Little Children
May20

The Breath of the Little Children

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Every tzaddik has a spark of Moshe, the faithful shepherd of the Jewish people, who presided over the mishkan. And every tzaddik has certain souls among the Jewish people that learn in his personal mishkan like little children learn in the class of their rebbe. These little children, these souls, receive their breath of spiritual vitality from their tzaddik who leads them. The whole world is...

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Money-Lust
May07

Money-Lust

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… There are “faces of holiness”—faces of light and vitality—and there are “dark faces” of the “other side,” of depression and idolatry which plague people who are steeped in the lust for money. The root of this lust is a lack of faith that G-d can provide a person with sustenance on even a small pretext, without him having to chase after his living and exert himself to an extreme extent. (Likutei...

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