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 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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The Poor Man’s Offering
Mar06

The Poor Man’s Offering

One of the greatest gifts that Chassidic teachings impart to us is the ability to illuminate and make relevant all parts of Torah, even the seemingly obscure ones. The teachings of Rebbe Nachman and Reb Noson make the Torah come alive, helping us find answers and life advice in verses of the Torah that cynics claim are irrelevant and archaic. These incredible teachings reinforce our belief in the profound depth and truth of the Torah...

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3 Likutey Halakhot – Translated For The First Time!
Mar04

3 Likutey Halakhot – Translated For The First Time!

“The Water Castle” is the latest book published by the Breslov Research Institute – and it’s another “first.” Translated and annotated by Dovid Sears, and edited by Ozer Bergman and Yaacov David Shulman, this ground-breaking work presents Reb Noson’s original ideas and interpretations related to a “story-with-a-story” from Rebbe Nachman: the tale of the Beggar With No Hands, told on the sixth day of the wedding celebrations in the...

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Room to Breathe
Nov14

Room to Breathe

When it rains, it pours. It often happens this way: first you have one problem, then another comes up, then a third… Before you know it, you feel completely overburdened, as if you can’t even breathe. You imagine all of the world’s issues being lumped together and heaped on your shoulders. But it gets even worse. Our typical reaction to feeling overwhelmed is to hibernate in a state of utter disconnect. We cut ourselves off from...

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Two Ways To Go
Oct30

Two Ways To Go

Being a father of twin boys, I naturally keep comparing them to see the minute differences between them. Who is cuter? Who is smarter? Who is funnier? As they get older, it’s interesting to observe their unique relationship. Having so many similarities creates a very, special tight-knit bond, something I don’t see in the relationships between my other children. Our Matriarch Rebecca’s experience with her twin boys was entirely...

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Are We There?
Oct24

Are We There?

Would you be willing to sacrifice your own flesh and blood? Abraham, the Jewish “Pope,” the one who taught ethics and monotheism to the entire world, was summoned to the ultimate challenge. At age 100, he experienced a fantastic miracle: his 90-year-old wife, Sarah, gave birth to a son, Isaac. God promised Abraham that the Jewish people would descend from this special child. When Isaac turned two, the great leaders of the time...

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Holier Than Thou
Apr18

Holier Than Thou

We hear about it all the time. Fighting, arguing, accusing and judging, all supposedly for the sake of Heaven. The excuse is always the same: “ Doesn’t it say in the Torah, ‘You shall reprove your brother and not bear a sin because of him’”? (Leviticus 19:17). Isn’t this what all our caring and sincere rabble-rousers claim? Recently, bloggers and online whistle-blowers have joined the chorus of well-wishers. Well, they may...

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Pesach & Extra Stringencies
Mar19

Pesach & Extra Stringencies

It happened that the Rebbe and Reb Noson were once invited to the sukkah of a simple Jew. When Reb Noson questioned the validity of the sukkah, Rebbe Nachman remarked, “A Jew works very hard to build his sukkah, and you seek to invalidate it based on stringencies found in the Codes?!” (Aveneha Barzel, p. 25 #17). * When Rebbe Nachman was young, he himself sought to fulfill the strictest opinions found in the Codes. On one...

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How to Learn Likutey Halachos?
Oct31

How to Learn Likutey Halachos?

An Aspiring Breslover asks: When learning pieces in Likutey Halachos associated with a lesson in Likutey Moharan that I am focusing on, which approach below would you recommend?: 1) Learn the related pieces in Kitzur Likutey Halachos by the Tcheriner Rav, since they are condensed from the longer pieces included in Likutey Halachos and I will be able to cover them all; or 2) Look through the list of the halachos in Likutey Halachos...

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Fiftieth Gate Volume 4 – Waiting For Your Help
Jul02

Fiftieth Gate Volume 4 – Waiting For Your Help

The Breslov Research Institute is happy to announce that we have now typeset volume four of Likutey Teffilot called the Fiftieth Gate in our bilingual English-Hebrew Edition, and it is now ready for print. The cost of this project was over $12,000 and to date no one has come forth to sponsor any part of it. There remains $6,000 in expenses to be paid out and we would like to offer a generous donor the chance to not only grab the...

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Where is Amalek today?
Mar07

Where is Amalek today?

For those of us who have been keeping up with the news, there has been much talk about the symbolism of Iran, Saudia Arabia and Americaand the potential for nuclear crisis. Many have pointed out the Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni, Yeshaya 59) that states in reference to the war of Gog and Magog: Rabbi Yitzchak said: At the time of the revelation of the Mashiach, the kings of all the nations challenge one another. The king of Persia [possibly...

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Reb Noson
Jan04

Reb Noson

Tonight Breslov communities across the world will mark Rebbe Noson’s Yartzeit: Here is a brief description of this amazing figure, may him memory bring merit to us all. Reb Noson Sternhartz was born in Nemirov, on 15 Shevat, 5540 (January 22, 1780). At thirteen, he married Esther Shaindel, the daughter of the prominent Rabbi Dovid Zvi Orbach, a renowned halakhic authority in Poland and the Ukraine. Reb Noson was twenty-two when...

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Rebbe Nachman’s kever stays in Uman
Dec08

Rebbe Nachman’s kever stays in Uman

In the last few years the issue of re-locating Rebbe Nachman’s kever (grave) to Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) has been bandied about a number of times. Usually, those who suggest the move are vociferous, well-meaning, but ignorant of Breslov tradition and, often, not even affiliated with Breslov in any way. Various reasons, many of them quite reasonable and sensible, are put forward as to why re-interring the Rebbe would be a...

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Bringing Jews Closer – Reb Noson
Jul21

Bringing Jews Closer – Reb Noson

The Rebbe spoke with us many times about the importance of bringing people closer to God. He told us to speak with people a great deal to inspire them and bring them back to God. He even wanted us to speak about everyday matters in the chance that the conversation might develop into something that would awaken them spiritually.[1] If we would elicit only the faintest response – a fleeting thought of repentance, or a temporary...

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Jun23

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Reb Noson zal (of blessed memory) once commented that before he became a chassid (disciple) of Rebbe Nachman zal, he was far from being diligent in his Torah study. “I very much wanted to study a lot. But what happened was, everyday I would come to the beis hamidrash (study hall) and there was some obstacle. So instead of starting off strong, I would only be able to learn briefly. Before I knew, there was something else. And then...

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