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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]