Food For Thought
Apr02

Food For Thought

HaLakhma Anya – This is the bread of affliction that our fathers ate in the land of Egypt. All who are hungry, come and eat! All who are in need, come and join in celebrating Pesach! This year we are here, next year we will be in the land of Israel! This year we are slaves, next year we will be free men! (Passover Haggadah) This is the Bread of Poverty! Of material poverty and affliction. Of spiritual poverty and cynicism. It is the...

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Personalize Your Passover & Prepare For Joy
Apr01

Personalize Your Passover & Prepare For Joy

There is an amazing concept in Judaism, one which radically contradicts the beliefs of much of the world. That is, when a person performs a mitzva simply because it is commanded by God, the merit is greater than for one who performs a mitzva out of other motives, instead—even out of the kindness of one’s heart. Ideally, we do mitzvot and good deeds not only because we are commanded to, but because we love God and have the kind...

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Let Pesach Set You Free
Mar26

Let Pesach Set You Free

Of all the Jewish holidays, Pesach resonates especially well in America and other democratic societies. These societies can identify with the Jewish people in Egypt, enslaved and oppressed by a dominant race, who overcame their persecutors to live as a free nation. President Obama himself expressed this sentiment a few years ago during his weekly address at Passover time: “In America, the Passover story has always had special meaning....

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Are You Ready For Pesach? Tuesday – Live W/ R’ Elchonon Tauber
Mar24

Are You Ready For Pesach? Tuesday – Live W/ R’ Elchonon Tauber

Tuesday, March 24th, 6 PM PST – 9 PM EST Join Rav Elchonon Tauber in learning the practical laws of cleaning the house from chometz, as well as the spiritual advice hidden behind this time-honored tradition.   Why do we have to work so hard? What do we gain? Find these answers and much more…   Register for FREE MEMBERSHIP at BreslovCampus.org and then follow the instructions below:   How To Log Into Your...

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Save Me!
Feb15

Save Me!

Shevat V Shevat is the second to last month of the year, since we count the months from Nissan. As the year’s end approaches it’s time for me to take a personal inventory, just like I do in Elul, in advance of the new year that begins in Tishrei. Pesach is on the way, the spring of spiritual liberation is almost in the air; my soul needs to come out of its “winter of discontent” and get ready for change. The only question is, how? I...

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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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Pesach Book Sale – Get Them Before The Chag
Apr03

Pesach Book Sale – Get Them Before The Chag

There is an amazing connection between PeSaCh and Rebbe NaChMaN – the numerical value of both equals exactly 148! The key to unlocking the personal freedom of Pesach is acquired through studying the teachings of the Rebbe. There is still enough time to build your personal Breslov library in time for Pesach, Order today from breslov.org/bookstore and receive a 30% discount on all our titles including free US shipping. But hurry,...

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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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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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Joy–Your Spiritual Task
Mar18

Joy–Your Spiritual Task

To find joy is the hardest thing of all. It is harder than all other spiritual tasks…Put all your energy into being happy. — Rebbe Nachman of Breslov The Rebbe tells us that, if need be, we should force ourselves to be happy. Of course, this advice is not politically correct. From today’s psychological viewpoint, forcing yourself to be happy is wrong. It’s denial. Better to be miserable, say the experts. In some...

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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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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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