This Year Will Be Different
Sep18

This Year Will Be Different

The summer is quickly fading away. Days are getting shorter, nights are a lot cooler and the leaves have begun their beautiful transformation. Indeed, it’s that time of year again – the “head” of the year is around the corner. On Rosh HaShanah, not only is our annual income predetermined, but our very lives hang in the balance. We say in the stirring prayer U’Netaneh Tokef: “On Rosh Hashanah will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur...

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A Second Chance
May07

A Second Chance

Do you ever find yourself saying, “I really messed up! I blew it! What a missed opportunity!” Those negative emotions plant themselves in our brains and nag at us constantly, especially at this time of year. We’ve just finished observing Pesach and rediscovering that we are a Godly People. We realized that we’re not really enslaved to our lusts and deficiencies, and that we can achieve true freedom from everything that weighs us down....

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The Key To Success
Mar26

The Key To Success

These weeks are very special weeks in that we read portions from the Torah that have an incredible power to transform us. Last Week – Parshat Parashat Parah The Torah commands us to sprinkle the ashes of a red heifer onto someone who came into contact with a corpse and became impure. Even today without the Holy Temple, just by hearing this commandment read from the Torah, we receive the purity brought about by holy ashes. The ashes...

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A New Day, A New Way
Jan16

A New Day, A New Way

Imagine one morning you open the newspaper and see the following headline: Pope Decides to Convert to Judaism. Wouldn’t that be something else? But actually, this has a precedent. Yitro was the Pope of Midian. He served every conceivable idol before deciding to convert to Judaism. In fact, the Baal HaTurim states that the numerical value of the name Yitro (616) is equal to that of the phrase Komer Hayah La’avodah Zarah (He was a...

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Holding On And Holding Strong
May21

Holding On And Holding Strong

Just wanted to share some powerful anecdotes which can possibly help each of us hold on throughout the trials of life, until we gain the upper hand: -The greatest comfort in life is to know that you tried your best. Once you reach this point, all that’s left to do is to simply thank Hashem for all the good and benevolence that Has bestowed to you -Life doesn’t stay the same. It might get better or… but it...

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Suicide? No, thanks.
Jul23

Suicide? No, thanks.

Suicide? No, thanks. I prefer Torah. I can’t tell you any statistics about how many people do or don’t ever think about committing suicide, or plan or attempt it. And anyway, it would be beside the point. We know suicide is bad. First of all, the family, friends and even acquaintances of the suicide feel guilt, remorse etc. The dead person may think that he won’t suffer anymore, but we Jews believe that suicide is a crime against God...

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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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Born Today
Mar26

Born Today

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: “Our principal concern is never to let the words of the Torah grow old for us....

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G-d Is Profoundly Simple
Mar23

G-d Is Profoundly Simple

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… Steer clear of sophistication and cleverness; they add nothing to coming closer to G-d. All you need is...

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Have You Looked Up At The Sky Today?
Mar20

Have You Looked Up At The Sky Today?

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… For Rebbe Nachman, living in tune meant awareness—being aware of the transient nature of this world and...

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Feeling Distant From God
Mar12

Feeling Distant From God

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: “The essence of G-d’s greatness is that the very person who is most...

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Be Happy!
Mar09

Be Happy!

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… “Always remember: Joy is not merely incidental to your spiritual quest. It is vital.” (The...

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Don’t be frustrated!
Mar06

Don’t be frustrated!

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… “Don’t be frustrated by the obstacles you encounter on your spiritual journey. They are...

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Do not dwell at all on your difficulties
Mar01

Do not dwell at all on your difficulties

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: “The suffering is bad enough while you are going through it, G-d save us! No...

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NarrowBridge.Org: Finding Faith in YOURSELF!
Feb27

NarrowBridge.Org: Finding Faith in YOURSELF!

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… Use every means to build your faith. This includes finding ways to build solid faith in a righteous...

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NarrowBridge.Org: The Great Treasure
Feb23

NarrowBridge.Org: The Great Treasure

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: “Strengthen yourself from now on to involve yourself every day in the study of...

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