The Water Castle: A Story Within A Story
Mar25

The Water Castle: A Story Within A Story

There was a castle made of water. It had ten walls, one inside the other, all made of water. The floors inside the castle were also made of water. This castle also had trees and fruit, all made of water.

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The Highest Path
Jun19

The Highest Path

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Hisbodedus-meditation— inner-directed, unstructured, active self-expression before G-d— is the highest path of all. Take it. (The Empty Chair, p. 91*) What does this mean to me? Rebbe Nachman explained that although the practice of hisbodedus does not take the place of formal prayer, it does have certain advantages over even the loftiest prayers set down by sages. While their prayers were...

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Breslov Repair Kit–Compassion
Aug14

Breslov Repair Kit–Compassion

By ignoring your brother when he is in trouble, it is as if you were responsible for his misfortune. A person should avoid inflicting pain upon living creatures, as this will bring him harm. A person who doesn’t plead mercy for his friend falls into captivity. He can redeem himself by providing food for some living creature. —The Aleph Bet Book, Compassion and Pity, p. 218 Every person must fulfill this – [namely,] to have compassion...

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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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Where is Amalek today?
Mar07

Where is Amalek today?

For those of us who have been keeping up with the news, there has been much talk about the symbolism of Iran, Saudia Arabia and Americaand the potential for nuclear crisis. Many have pointed out the Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni, Yeshaya 59) that states in reference to the war of Gog and Magog: Rabbi Yitzchak said: At the time of the revelation of the Mashiach, the kings of all the nations challenge one another. The king of Persia [possibly...

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Pathways from Parashas Ki Tisa & Purim
Mar06

Pathways from Parashas Ki Tisa & Purim

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Ask A Breslover: How to Learn Likutey Moharan
Feb28

Ask A Breslover: How to Learn Likutey Moharan

When learning Likutey Moharan for the first tune, I feel like a kid trying to drink whiskey? I understand your feeling. Many people feel overwhelmed by Likutey Moharan; by the unique structure of its lessons, etc., and come to the unfortunate conclusion that Likutey Moharan is a closed book for the average person. However, experience has shown that with just a little guidance, Likutey Moharan can become a totally open book for almost...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 5 – TzimTzum / Constriction
Feb28

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 5 – TzimTzum / Constriction

In Part Five of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore how God created the Universe and how this empowers our creative ability.  Before we expound on the following principles of the Kabbalah, we must recall the most important advisory issued by the Kabbalists: We must never attribute any physical form or shape either to God or to the spiritual worlds. All the anthropomorphic terminology mentioned in the Kabbalah is only employed to bring...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 4 – The Inner Workings of Creation
Feb21

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 4 – The Inner Workings of Creation

In Part Four of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the inner workings of the universe and how to tap into their awesome power.  IN THE BEGINNING: FIRST  THOUGHT To understand the inner workings of the universe and tap into their awesome power, we must go back to the beginning, to Creation. The Torah, which starts “in the beginning,” is our authoritative guide to what happened during the Seven Days of Creation. What...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 3 – THE TOOLS
Feb16

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 3 – THE TOOLS

In Part Three of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the tools that we have received that will allow us to discover our inner potential.  Accessing the Kabbalah Notwithstanding the power of the Kabbalah, which contains the mysteries of Creation—indeed, of life itself—how can the average person find the answers he seeks in its study? Even a superficial study of the Kabbalah shows that most of its texts speak of God’s Names and their...

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Breslov Kabbalah: THE TOOLS Part 1 of 2
Feb15

Breslov Kabbalah: THE TOOLS Part 1 of 2

In Part Three of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the tools that we have received that will allow us to discover our inner potential. Knowing that we have potential is one thing. Being able to develop it is the next step. Just as precious metals like gold and diamonds must be extracted from the earth with specialized tools, we need proper tools to “mine” our depths in order to develop our potential. What are those tools? In the biblical...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 2 -THE POWER OF POTENTIAL
Feb09

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 2 -THE POWER OF POTENTIAL

In Part Two of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the concept of  potential and learn how to apply it to our everyday lives. Everyone has potential. Enormous potential. When we develop our potential, we can transform it into great deeds and accomplishments. We can live a life of contentment. Our days will be filled with substance. Work, leisure time and all our daily routines can take on meaningful expression. What exactly is our potential?...

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The Breslov Kabbalah Series: Part 1 – Intro
Jan31

The Breslov Kabbalah Series: Part 1 – Intro

Rebbe Nachman once said: “I will take you on a new path—a path that has never before existed. It is indeed an ancient path. Yet it is completely new” (Tzaddik #264). The path that Rebbe Nachman revealed to his followers at the turn of the nineteenth century is just as applicable—if not more so—to those of us living in the twenty-first century. Now as then, people are confronted with so many challenges and obstacles to living the kind...

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Charity in Nisan
Mar31

Charity in Nisan

With thanks to Halacha for Today, a most worthwhile site and mailing list. 1. The month of Nisan is a very opportune time to increase one’s giving of charity. Charity given in Nisan helps accelerate God’s acceptance of our tefilot (prayers). (Shelah HaKadosh, beginning of the section Masekhta Pesachim. See also Kav Hayashar #88.) 2. Giving charity is especially worthwhile on each of the first twelve days of the month, when the reading...

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SEFIRAH OF THE WEEK: NETZACH, HOD Part II

Netzach is an extension of Chesed, while Hod is an extension of Gevurah. Both Netzach and Hod are necessary in order to achieve a balance in life, as we must learn not only how to give or to hold back, but also how to receive and acquiesce to others. Using both “legs,” we can move forward, confident of success in our efforts, while harboring a healthy awareness that at times we should hold back and submit to forces...

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