A Simple, Sincere Passover
Apr01

A Simple, Sincere Passover

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.

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The Water Castle: A Story Within A Story
Mar25

The Water Castle: A Story Within A Story

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.

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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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Breslov Repair Kit–Yom Kippur Refreshes
Sep11

Breslov Repair Kit–Yom Kippur Refreshes

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 is a dead day? It’s a day without good deeds and mitzvos. And what’s an alive...

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Physical and Spiritual
Jul14

Physical and Spiritual

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 this mean to me? Even though I love to read this teaching to remind me of how to approach eating (which is, personally, one of...

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The General Remedy
Jul02

The General Remedy

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… The reason why it is necessary to recite ten psalms is that there are ten kinds of song corresponding to the ten expressions of song and praise on which the book of Psalms is based… Each of these expressions has the power to nullify the power of [the force of impurity] because each of them is the direct opposite of [that force]. Ashrei, for example, is an expression for sight and vision, the...

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LA Shabaton – Huge Success!
Jun24

LA Shabaton – Huge Success!

Received via the Shabatton host – the Los Angeles Link Kollel: (Photo shows guest speaker Rabbi Chaim Kramer at left together with Rabbi Eli Stern LINK’s director of Outreach.  Photo credit:Yosef Ober} Over 200 Attend Shabbaton with Rabbi Chaim Kramer at LINK LA The LINK Kollel in Los Angeles capped off a hectic two weeks of programming with a very successful Shabbaton and musical Melave Malka with Rabbi Chaim Kramer, Director...

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Teleportation
Jun20

Teleportation

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… You are wherever your thoughts are. Make sure your thoughts are where you want to be. (The Empty Chair, p. 20*) What does this mean to me? In Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom, Rebbe Nachman explains that, physically, every faculty in the body that is higher on the vertical plane can “reach further.” One can reach higher than he can kick; one can hear from further away than his voice can project; one...

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The Highest Path
Jun19

The Highest Path

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Hisbodedus-meditation— inner-directed, unstructured, active self-expression before G-d— is the highest path of all. Take it. (The Empty Chair, p. 91*) What does this mean to me? Rebbe Nachman explained that although the practice of hisbodedus does not take the place of formal prayer, it does have certain advantages over even the loftiest prayers set down by sages. While their prayers were...

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The Wellsprings of Salvation
Jun10

The Wellsprings of Salvation

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Reb Nosson wrote: “‘Draw water in joy from the wellsprings of salvation’—all of the words of Rebbe Nachman are truly wellsprings of salvation; they are a well that never runs dry… His guidance and life-saving advice will never run out. No matter what happens, you can always draw strength from his words, because they illuminate for us our Creator’s greatness and His abundant lovingkindness and...

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The Sweet Singer
Jun07

The Sweet Singer

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… If a person wants to merit to do teshuvah, he should make a regular practice of reciting Tehillim. (Likutey Moharan II:73) What does this mean to me? Rebbe Nachman taught that the concentrated essence of all of the forty-nine paths of repentance—expressed in the forty-nine letters that make up all of the names of the tribes of the Jewish people—are to be discovered within the book of Psalms....

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Revealing G-d’s Glory
Jun04

Revealing G-d’s Glory

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Every person must diminish his own honor and instead magnify the glory of G-d. When a person seeks his own honor, he does not merit to receive “G-dly glory,” but only “the honor of kings,” which others are always doubting and contesting. Seeking personal prestige results in others questioning his right to it, but when a person minimizes his own honor and seeks to magnify the glory of G-d, no one...

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Sharing the Love
May31

Sharing the Love

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… There is a natural tendency to seek conflict and to compete and vie for victory with others. Where does this attribute come from? From the vital energy—blood—with which one has not yet served G-d… And the Holy One found no better vessel to contain blessing for the Jewish people than peace. When the potential for conflict exists, the potential of peacemaking also exists alongside it. (Likutey...

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The Great Love Between Us
May28

The Great Love Between Us

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… There are two kinds of love: one is “love within days,” meaning that is within measures. This is G-d’s love for us in action. But there is also love that is in potential, the love that existed between the Jewish people and their Father in heaven even before creation, when the Jewish people existed only within the mind of G-d. This is “love within mind,” and we cannot apprehend it truly now, for...

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The Breath of the Little Children
May20

The Breath of the Little Children

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Every tzaddik has a spark of Moshe, the faithful shepherd of the Jewish people, who presided over the mishkan. And every tzaddik has certain souls among the Jewish people that learn in his personal mishkan like little children learn in the class of their rebbe. These little children, these souls, receive their breath of spiritual vitality from their tzaddik who leads them. The whole world is...

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G-d’s Delight
May13

G-d’s Delight

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught… Reb Nosson wrote: “Each day G-d receives fresh delight from every single Jew and from each and every part of every Jew, and as a consequence of this, He renews the creation every day… Know, therefore, and believe without a doubt that G-d likewise receives delight from you, specifically, each and every day and that this delight that you give Him helps perpetuate the world’s existence. Through this...

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