Pathways: Special Pesach Edition
Apr10

Pathways: Special Pesach Edition

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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Freedom For All!
Apr09

Freedom For All!

“The land of the free and the home of the brave.” If I wouldn’t know that these words were part of the national anthem, I might think they were sung at the Pesach Seder! After all, on Pesach we celebrate our freedom from servitude – something only achieved by acting brave and courageous. Our ancestors in Egypt didn’t have it easy. Forced to do backbreaking labor, men were also made to do women’s work and women to do jobs typically...

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Respect For All
Apr09

Respect For All

During the years of persecution that Reb Noson and his followers endured, Reb Noson’s opponents in the town of Breslov arranged for the local authorities to set up a boot factory to supply an army unit stationed nearby. The site they chose for the factory was Reb Noson’s house. In the weeks before Pesach, a group of non-Jewish workers converted the main room into a workshop, filling it with foul-smelling hides. There they worked and...

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The Breslov Seder Plate
Apr03

The Breslov Seder Plate

Breslover Insights Matza Matzah symbolizes great awareness of God. The Jewish People ate it on the night of Redemption. They also brought the Matzah forth with them from Egypt. In it, they experienced the taste of manna, Bread from Heaven. It epitomized the clear perception that man’s sustenance is directly from God. Mankind, though, is not yet ready for this overwhelming experience of God. Preparation is required. We must bring the...

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The Taste of True Pesach
Apr02

The Taste of True Pesach

The grinding poverty suffered by ordinary people in Ukraine over a hundred years ago is hard for us to imagine. Pesach was especially difficult for the poor. So many expenses … where was the money supposed to come from? Reb Noson was no stranger to poverty. One year his family lacked the most basic requirements, such as matzah. As they drew water for Pesach, Reb Noson began to dance. He joyously proclaimed, “Thank God we have...

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Getting Down From Scrubbing? – Nissan #1
Apr02

Getting Down From Scrubbing? – Nissan #1

Now that Nissan has arrived, it’s time to talk about Pesach cleaning. Although the halachic sources applaud the great care that the Jewish people take in preparing for Pesach–going above and beyond the strict letter of the law–many do feel overwhelmed (or just plain worried) about how they will manage the job. Most are even busier than usual without factoring in the cleaning. How can we do a truly thorough Pesach...

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Rabbi Tauber – Likutey Halachot, Class 10 PESACH
Mar27

Rabbi Tauber – Likutey Halachot, Class 10 PESACH

Rabbi Tauber – Likutey Halachot Pesach, Class 10 – mp3 Download If you live in Los Angeles, consider attending the Tuesday night class on Likutey Halachot live with Rabbi Tauber, Chabad SOLA 1627 S. La Cienega starting @ 9...

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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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FREE: The Breslov Pesach Companion
Mar22

FREE: The Breslov Pesach Companion

We are happy to release the free Breslov Pesach Companion which features both prayers and Torah lessons about the upcoming Yom Tov. Enjoy! Download (PDF, 5.82MB) Compliments of the Breslov Research...

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Pesach: A Groan In The Void
Mar20

Pesach: A Groan In The Void

God knew that certain of the Jewish children were not worthy of being redeemed. They were just not ready. So when the enslaved Jews failed to produce their quota of bricks, these children were thrown into the walls (Sanhedrin 101b, 103b; Aderet Eliyahu, Nitzavim 29:17). As they lay dying, near-corpses, crushed under the weight of the wall above, their groans ascended to Heaven. Though these children did not merit Redemption, their...

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Feel Joy
Apr05

Feel Joy

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… When a person’s voice thunders powerfully with holy words, it affects his mind; it affects...

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Pesach Stories
Apr05

Pesach Stories

The Stories Of Our Lives Man is incapable of a sudden confrontation with his Creator. The overwhelming experience of such awareness is just too awesome. Truth, the stark Truth, must be camouflaged. Only then can the soul gradually absorb it. God, so to speak, camouflaged Himself in stories. These are the stories of the Creation and of Adam and Eve; the stories of the Flood and of the Patriarchs; the stories of Jewish exile and...

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Make It Real
Apr05

Make It Real

Now, I don’t know how it is at your Seder. Maybe the highlight is eating the matzah or the meal; maybe it’s negotiating the return of the afikoman or singing all those fun songs at the end of the Haggadah. I do know that for many of us, it’s the actual telling of the story. As I began to prepare for the Seder, I reviewed its 15 simanim (signs/signposts/ steps) and had a question: Why is the telling-of-the-story siman called maggid?...

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Pathways From Pesach
Apr05

Pathways From Pesach

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Use Your Freedom Of Speech
Apr03

Use Your Freedom Of Speech

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… Speech remains in exile until Pesach. Pesach is “peh sach”—”a mouth speaking.”...

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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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