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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Ask A Breslover: Why don’t you turn your wives into Chassidim?
Jul26

Ask A Breslover: Why don’t you turn your wives into Chassidim?

Q: Rebbe Nachman once asked, “Why don’t you turn your wives into Chassidim?” What does that mean to us? A: This is a tough one, I have heard several different approaches. Some are conservative and some are modern. As is the norm in Breslov Chassidus, Rebbe Nachman spoke in universal terms and his teachings apply differently to each individual. I suppose that it depends on your upbringing, community and marriage...

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The Silent Scream
Jul13

The Silent Scream

Well, apropos of life in general and The Three Weeks in particular, I want to share Rabbeinu zal’s teaching about the kol demamah dakah, the small, silent voice. (Yes, I know I translate it differently later.) This will be new to some and a review for others. It’s a good tool to have and a practice worth practicing. Rabbeinu zal used it. This piece is Sichot HaRan/Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom, #16. Know! It is possible to...

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From Ruin To Repair
Jul12

From Ruin To Repair

BRI’s NarrowBridge.Org sends out twice weekly inspiration providing a regular dose of hope, meaning and courage. These emails include small doses of Rebbe Nachman’s wisdom, enabling us to get through the week in a more spiritual way.  If you would like to receive these emails click here Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…   “If you believe you can ruin, believe that you can repair!” (Likutei Moharan II:112)...

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Believe In YOUR Salvation
Apr17

Believe In YOUR Salvation

BRI’s NarrowBridge.Org sends out twice weekly inspiration providing a regular dose of hope, meaning and courage. These emails include small doses of Rebbe Nachman’s wisdom, enabling us to get through the week in a more spiritual way.  If you would like to receive these emails click here.     Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Reb Nosson wrote: “Three times each day we make the blessing, ‘Who makes the...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 7 – The Shattering Of The Vessels
Mar28

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 7 – The Shattering Of The Vessels

In Part Seven of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the act of the shattering of the vessels containing Holy light and how this teaches us to “redesign” our thought processes in order to tackle what lies ahead. As the next stage in Creation, God formed Ten Sefirot to act as channels or filters to convey Hishates Light and Bounty. These Ten Sefirot were necessary tools in His plan, for without them, God’s Infinite Light would have...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 6 – The Vacated Space
Mar14

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 6 – The Vacated Space

In Part Six of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the idea of the world being devoid of Godliness, since God contracted Himself from that space to “make room” for the Creation. Following the creation of the first Tzimtzum, God continued to withdraw His presence and expand the size of the Vacated Space. Within that Vacated Space He proceeded to create, form and make the various worlds, of which there are five: Adam Kadmon (Primordial...

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