Impressions of Seder Night
Apr14

Impressions of Seder Night

  Once Reb Shimon learned an important lesson about the power of simple prayer from his Rebbe. When his young son fell dangerously ill, Reb Shimon ran to the Rebbe, begging him to pray for the boy’s recovery. But Rebbe Nachman didn’t answer…he just stood there, silent. Reb Shimon returned home to attend to his [...]

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New Book + 25% Off SALE!
Mar12

New Book + 25% Off SALE!

Mazel Tov! We have now published the second to final volume of the English/Hebrew Series of Likutey Tefilot (the Fiftieth Gate) Vol. 6. Likutey Tefilot is an incredible compilation of Breslov prayers that address every occasion and need.These prayers are so precious and heartfelt that Reb Noson once remarked, "Many People merited entering Gan Eden because of these prayers." [...]

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Take An Online Journey To Uman
Dec31

Take An Online Journey To Uman

Join BRI founder Chaim Kramer, musician Shlomo Katz and a group from Efrat, Israel as they venture on a journey through the Ukraine that will change their lives forever. This special video presentation follows their journey as they listen to Torah and sing along with Chaim Kramer and Shlomo Katz while visiting the places of our heritage. [...]

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The Faithful Chassid
Jun18

The Faithful Chassid

The Breslov movement survived and thrived in Communist Russia due to the bravery and self-sacrifice of its chassidim. We cannot fathom the pressures and persecution that these men and women endured to keep their faith alive and follow Rebbe Nachman’s teachings, but endure them they did, keeping the Rebbe’s flame burning through the most difficult [...]

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The Unusual Dance
Jun11

The Unusual Dance

Once there was a poor chassid who stood in the open marketplace all day long, selling salted fish from a barrel. Naturally, during the long, bitterly cold Ukrainian winters, he needed a warm overcoat. But all he owned was an old fur peltz so tattered and worn that it was virtually useless. Without a winter [...]

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A Fire Burns in Breslov
Jun10

A Fire Burns in Breslov

The Rebbe would reveal awesome teachings on Friday evenings, and everybody would feel an arousal to God. But afterwards they went to sleep. Reb Noson, however, because of his burning desire for spirituality, used to go to the hills along the Bug River and pray the entire night, asking that the Rebbe's blazing fire should kindle his heart. -Through Fire & [...]

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Steer Clear!
Jun04

Steer Clear!

When Breslover chassidim would find one of their number on the margins of a conflict or controversy, they would offer gentle rebuke to discourage the friend from getting involved. “Rebbe Nachman once said, ‘In the ultimate future, there will be kings and leaders of nations who will want to avoid fighting any wars. All they [...]

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Down With Negativity!
May28

Down With Negativity!

At times Rebbe Nachman reminisced about the challenges he faced in his spiritual growth in his youth. He would speak about the obstacles he had faced, the times he felt he wasn’t progressing despite his strong desire to learn and connect with God. Even so, he always encouraged himself and refused to give up. Early [...]

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Temper, Temper
May14

Temper, Temper

When Reb Noson heard that his son was having a hard time controlling his temper, he gently encouraged him, “My dear son, for God’s sake, have mercy on yourself and on your family, and refrain from acting out in anger. If you don’t let anything anger or irritate you, you will be happy in this [...]

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Never Despair!
Apr30

Never Despair!

Never despair! Rebbe Nachman declared. But is it enough to just steer clear of despair? Breslov chassidut rests on something deeper than just avoiding the negative…we’re meant to hold fast to the power of hope. Through trust and hope, it’s possible to never despair. In fact, it’s our duty to be, as Reb Nosson would [...]

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Breslov Story: Avoid the Blame Game
Apr23

Breslov Story: Avoid the Blame Game

It’s human nature to look for an external cause when something goes wrong. People often blame their personal problems and communal struggles on the government’s policies...on local and foreign anti-Semites...sometimes even on other “confused and self-hating Jews.” After all, whatever is bothering me is probably someone else’s fault, right? Reb Noson dismissed that attitude. “Don’t [...]

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We Can Bring Mashiach!
Mar26

We Can Bring Mashiach!

We Can Bring Mashiach At the Pesach Seder, we recall our miraculous redemption from Egypt and also look forward to the future redemption, when we will be redeemed from our present exile. The Haggadah contains many hints to this future redemption, including the words of Hallel, the singing of “Next Year in Jerusalem” at the [...]

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Wiping the Slate Clean
Mar19

Wiping the Slate Clean

To an outside observer, the ferocity of the opponents of Breslover Chasidim and especially of Reb Noson is hard to fathom. As one person put it, So they decided not to take a new rebbe after Rebbe Nachman passed away. Why did that warrant being attacked and treated like the worst criminals? Reb [...]

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Prayers that Move the Heart
Mar12

Prayers that Move the Heart

Reb Noson was truly humble, but nevertheless gave high praise to his own Likutey Tefilot, the book of prayers he composed at Rebbe Nachman’s recommendation. The Rebbe said that nothing gives pleasure to God like taking Torah and turning it into prayer. Reb Noson did this literally, by composing beautiful and inspiring prayers based on [...]

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Sing to God!
Feb12

Sing to God!

Reb Moshe Breslover provided a glimpse into the depth and beauty of Reb Noson’s Divine service. “Once I was traveling to Uman with Reb Noson. Our covered wagon served as a kind of traveling beit midrash for prayer and Torah study. Reb Noson would always cover his face with his tallit while praying. Although he [...]

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The Blessings Of Tu B’Shevat
Feb03

The Blessings Of Tu B’Shevat

The Talmud (Taanis 8b) instructs us that when a person enters the barn to measure the new grain crop he should say the blessing: May it be Your will Lord our God, that You send blessing on the work of our hands. Then he begins to measure and says: Blessed be He who sends blessing into this pile of grain. But if [...]

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