Hold On! The Double-Edged Lesson Meshivat Nefesh #25 What is a tzaddik? A tzaddik is a consciousness-bridge. His job is to help those who feel distant from God become aware that, “His glory fills all of the world,” that there is no place devoid of the Divine Presence. It is possible to immediately attain closeness to [...]
Hold On! The Starting Point Meshivat Nefesh #23 In my spiritual life, it’s necessary for me to take stock so that I can re-align myself with the will of my Creator. Taking my own spiritual inventory is liable to trigger my tendency to harsh self-criticism, though, and that usually leads to melancholy. Rebbe Nachman addressed this [...]
Hold On! Spiritual Seff-Defense Meshivat Nefesh #20 Sometimes the circumstances of my life brings me into contact with people who can act as negative influences on me. They might not be interested in living lives of spiritual integrity, or they might be coarse and unrefined in their thinking, speech and action. But if my Creator has [...]
Pesach is related to speech. Passover is the opening up the lines of communication between the Children of Yisrael and God. We can embrace the freedom to talk to Hashem and open your heart to Him. Prayer.
Hold On! Yesterday's Glow Meshivat Nefesh #18 Rebbe Nachman taught: “You need to always be in a state of joy and serve G-d from that place, even if you sometimes fall from the level that you’d like to be on—meaning, even if you’ve done wrong. The way to pick yourself up is by encouraging yourself with [...]
Hold On! - Meshivat Nefesh #18 “Mama Loshon”—Mother Tongue Sometimes we find ourselves in places where G-dliness is in concealment, often enough as fallout from our own poor choices. But Rebbe Nachman offers a powerful piece of advice: “Speech is called ‘the mother,’ and just like a mother will follow her children wherever they go, [...]
Hold On! One Step Back Meshivat Nefesh #17 There’s an expression: “Two steps forward, one step back.” Rebbe Nachman explains that as we grow, there are times when it feels as though we’re being pushed back. We might have the most important goals before us, and it really can feel as though G-d is rejected [...]
Concealment within Concealment Sometimes G-d’s presence seems completely hidden from us. Rebbe Nachman called this “first-degree concealment.” Even though I might be in a place where I feel distant from G-d and cannot find Him, I still know that what I’m experiencing is a concealment of His presence. But there’s also “second-degree concealment,” where it’s [...]
Inspiration is such a precious thing, and I’m always seeking those teachings, people and situations that can help fire me up in my service of G-d. But I also have to acknowledge that sometimes my fervor can trip me up. That’s also a kind of yetzer hara, to get so swept away by my passion [...]
Share the Wealth All of the souls of the Jewish people are bound together into a single, organic structure. So when one of us shifts position to a higher place by overcoming a negative thought or act, it winds up having a positive effect on the entirety of the structure. All souls are linked, so [...]
Chametz is forbidden on Passover. Why is it allowed the rest of the year? The answer, according to Breslov thought. (Hint: It’s about Joy).
I no longer am fearful, but eager to embrace Passover preparations now that I know joy is an essential part of the holiday, and stress is not.
There was a castle made of water. It had ten walls, one inside the other, all made of water. The floors inside the castle were also made of water. This castle also had trees and fruit, all made of water.
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 [...]
Got Life? When you're a child, the minutes seem like hours and the hours like days. Then, you grow up. And time flies. Despite the fleetingness of time, if you're like most people, at some point in your life you've "killed time." Perhaps you've even killed a whole day. Or days. “Killed 'em dead.” What [...]
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught... Become the kind of person who makes fulfilling physical needs a spiritual experience. Some people eat to have the strength to study the Word of G-d. Others, the more spiritually aware, Study the Word of G-d in order to know how to eat.. (The Empty Chair, p. 24*) What does [...]