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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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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Ask A Breslover: How Do I Know That HaShem Still Loves Me?
Mar29

Ask A Breslover: How Do I Know That HaShem Still Loves Me?

Q: How can I know that if i did the worst sins in the world, I can still return to HaShem? A: You asked very good questions, questions that many of us have asked more than once in our lives. The answers take a certain degree of emunah that a person doesn’t always have. (Our emunah has ups and downs.) May Hashem give you the desire for emunah and the emunah itself. A Jew has to know that as bad as he has been (even if he has...

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Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom: Pesach and Unnecessary Stringencies
Mar27

Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom: Pesach and Unnecessary Stringencies

In Likutey Moharan II, 44, the Rebbe cautions us not to be overly stringent in any observance. The Rebbe quotes the Talmudic maxims, “God does not rule over His creatures with tyranny” (Avodah Zarah 3a), and, “The Torah was not given to the ministering angels” (Berakhot 25b; see “His Wisdom” #30). The Rebbe also said, “It is written that every  person should choose one observance and keep it strictly with all its fine points.[1] The...

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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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