“Each person must cast aside all of his sophisticated ideas and serve God in simplicity and innocence. For a person’s deeds should be greater than his wisdom.” —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov To some, this is one of the most startling teachings in the Breslov panoply. Simplicity and innocence are not glamorous. And they don’t hold much [...]
As I write these words, I realize that today, the eve of Thanksgiving, is the busiest travel day of the year. Although it will take many millions of people hours longer than usual to get where they want to go, nevertheless, for the sake of spending time with close friends and family, they feel it’s [...]
How was your Yom Tov? Mine was wonderful. First I experienced the awesome spiritual heights of being in Uman for Rosh HaShanah … then the solemn uplift of the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur … then eight joyous days together with my family in the sukkah. What comes next? Besides all the schlepping, [...]
Mazel Tov, we have completed the reading of the Torah! Incredibly enough, just a few minutes after finishing a year’s worth of reading, following a small celebration, we begin all over again. In this vein, Rebbe Nachman would always encourage his Chassidim to start afresh and never become accustomed to “regular, everyday life.” We may [...]
We hope you enjoy this free BRI Chanukah publication which includes a Chanukah related lesson from Likutey Moharan, as well as several prayers relating to Chanukah. Enjoy! Download (PDF, 671KB)
In preparation for Rosh HaShanah, we are happy to share a free booklet (available in Hebrew or Hebrew/English) which includes several of Rebbe Nachman's lessons on Rosh HaShanah with commentary by Chaim Kramer. Download (PDF, 950KB) Download (PDF, 3.06MB) May we all be written and sealed in the book of the true Tzadikim for a year of [...]
Now that the weather is warm and pleasant, (for most of us anyhow!) why not get outdoors and experience the beauty of creation. Nature is the perfect device to inspire committing to Rebbe Nachman's life-changing path of Hitbodedut. Try it yourself: Meditation is the highest path of all. One must therefore set aside an hour or [...]
A remarkable lecture giving at Rebbe Nachman's gravesite by Rav Moshe Weinberger. Rav Weinberger discusses his own personal journey to Rebbe Nachman and studies a beautiful lesson at the Rebbe's gravesite. Click here to listen and be inspired.
When the month if Elul comes around, Breslover Chassidim from around the world study and review lesson 6 of Rebbe Nachman's Likutey Moharan. This lesson is called "Torah Vav," and discusses Rebbe Nachman's view of Teshuvah (returning to God.) We are happy to present this lesson to you. Enjoy! Download (PDF, 587KB)
Instant Azamra In the previous post, we said that it's important to understand the concept of Azamra and how following this practice empowers us and brings us to joy, and why joy is so important. In a nutshell: 1. Look for the good points in others. 2. Look for the good points in yourself. 3. When [...]
Women who are eager to learn Breslov Chassidut are an amazingly honest bunch. When we learn Azamra our responses to the lesson show that we’re willing to do the hard work it takes to make this powerful teaching of Rebbe Nachman's part of ourselves. Whether in class or one-on-one learning, whenever we discuss Azamra, there are two main types [...]
Azamra! Thinking bad–or good–about others is just a habit and habits can be broken.
Know and Understand! A person must judge everyone favorably. Even if someone is completely bad, it is necessary to search and find in him some modicum of good; the little bit of him that is not wicked. And by finding in him a drop of good and judging him favorably, one brings him to return [...]
In Azamra, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov shows us how to elevate and transform ourselves and others.
Advanced Likutey Moharan Shiur given in Lakewood, NJ about Shavuot. Date: 5/5/2013
Dancing at the NYC Siyum Likutey Moharan from Breslov Research Institute on Vimeo.