Purim Reboot
Mar18

Purim Reboot

A Sacred Time Adar 5 Rebbe Nachman teaches that, although originally, all “beginnings”—the energy that vitalizes all further efforts in Divine service—were from Pesach, now all beginnings are from Purim. The underlying message of Purim is that G-d intervenes to help us even when we feel far…even when we really have distanced ourselves from Him through negative actions. It’s at just such junctures in our lives that we’re gifted with...

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Are You Happy?
Mar18

Are You Happy?

Adar 4 This year, on the second Shabbat after Purim, we read Parshat Parah which details the preparation of the red heifer’s ashes that are used to cleanse the Jewish people of ritual impurity. Contact with death can be a blow to a person’s faith, and so the process of ritual purification is part of a more general rehabilitation of emunah for the living that remain. Reb Nosson wrote a letter to his son that offers a glimpse into how...

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Pathways:  Vayakhel-Pekudei
Mar12

Pathways: Vayakhel-Pekudei

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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The Humane Human
Mar09

The Humane Human

A Sacred Time Adar 3 The Kabbalists reveal that Haman—archenemy of the Jewish people—had little of the milk of human kindness flowing through his veins. There was something inhuman about him, and there’s a hint to this in his name. “Haman” is a conjunction of the letters hei-mem, which have a numerical value of 45, the same as adam, a human being. These are attached to a letter nun, which stands for nachash, the Hebrew word for snake....

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Pathways: Purim
Mar04

Pathways: Purim

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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Cruelty to Compassion
Mar04

Cruelty to Compassion

One of the main mitzvot of Purim is to give gifts to the poor. Breslover chassidim would point out that Rebbe Nachman taught that giving charity is an avodah, it’s a form of Divine service that requires an investment of effort, at all times. (Likutei Moharan II:4) It’s the door that opens all doors in Divine service, and needs to be undertaken with focused attention. This obviously applies even more on Purim when we have an obligation...

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Power Prayers
Mar03

Power Prayers

A Sacred Time Adar 2 Purim is the time when we grind the force of Haman-Amalek down to nothingness. The numerical value of the name Amalek is 240, the same as mar, which is Hebrew for “bitter.” Reb Nossn explains that the inner force of Amalek that affects all of us expresses itself in feelings of inadequacy. The Amalek within convinces us that G-d doesn’t hear our prayers, since we see that even though we’ve begged for help in some...

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Happy All Year Round
Feb26

Happy All Year Round

The anticipation has been growing for some time. The short, cold, dreary winter days, which reflect our deep spiritual slumber, are just about behind us. I recall traveling to Florida one January and being elated upon seeing some bugs and lizards crawling on the sidewalk. The vibrancy of life is so refreshing. Thankfully, the day Rebbe Nachman called “the beginning of all beginnings” – Purim – is about to begin. What inhibits us from...

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Never Forget!
Feb26

Never Forget!

A Sacred Time Adar 1 One of the main themes of Purim and the purpose of gathering for Parshat Zachor, the portion read on the Shabbos preceding Purim, is the obliteration of Amalek. Reb Nosson explains that Amalek today is the force of forgetting, of failing to remain aware of what G-d has done for us. Amalek’s goal is to make us doubt, feel faint of heart, as if we have no reason to be confident that G-d will assist us now just as He...

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Are You Ready For Purim? Sunday – Live W/ R’ Elchonon Tauber
Feb24

Are You Ready For Purim? Sunday – Live W/ R’ Elchonon Tauber

www.breslovcampus.org This Sunday (March 1, 2015) at 6 pm (EST); 3 pm (PST) Join us for Purim Prep at BreslovCampus.org  With the distinguished Dayan (halachic arbitrator), Rav Elchonon Tauber  Upside-down, Inside-out, Rightside-up Laws, Customs, and Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s Mystic Insights about The Joyful Holiday of Purim Our joy, clapping, and dancing on Purim make us worthy of receiving both the revealed and hidden (mystical)...

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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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Post-Purim Triumpth & Survival
Mar19

Post-Purim Triumpth & Survival

In life, before every climb there must be a fall. The depth and darkness of the proceeding fall is determined according to the height and benefit of the future ascent. We see this when observing the Purim miracle. Since Purim brought about great light and miracles experienced until today, it is no wonder that Haman/Amalek posed such a severe threat to the continuity of Jewish existence. Reb Noson teaches that every miracle and...

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Sacred Time: It’s Never Too Late – Adar 7
Mar19

Sacred Time: It’s Never Too Late – Adar 7

Adar 7 It’s Never Too Late “…And they made it a day of feasting and joy.” (Esther 9:18) Rebbe Nachman’s daughter Sarah got married in Medvedevka right after Purim. Reb Nosson made the long journey to Medvedevka for the wedding, only arriving toward the end of Purim. After a very trying journey, he was so exhausted that he really couldn’t rejoice as one should on the holiday. Although he had made it in time to...

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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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Rabbi Tauber – Likutey Halachot, Class 9 PURIM
Mar13

Rabbi Tauber – Likutey Halachot, Class 9 PURIM

Rabbi Elchonon Tauber – Likutey Halachos #9 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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And The King Extended His Golden Scepter
Mar13

And The King Extended His Golden Scepter

OK, so we were spared. And for over 2000 years, Jews have celebrated the holiday of Purim. But what’s so special about Purim? Haven’t we seen innumerable villains rise up against us, trying to destroy our nation? Don’t we declare in the Passover Haggadah every year, “In every generation, they rise against us to annihilate us, but the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand”? Furthermore, we celebrate Passover because the...

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