G-d’s Chanukah Gift To You!
Dec18

G-d’s Chanukah Gift To You!

The Chanukah lights have somewhat unusual rules attached to them. One may not derive personal benefit from them—to read by, for example—but it’s actually a mitzvah to simply gaze at them. Reb Nosson explains that the lamps of Chanukah allude to the powerful light of mitzvot that fills the home of every Jew. With every good deed that we do, we are able to access the most lofty spiritual light and forge an eternal connection to G-d. We...

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Forge On!
Dec18

Forge On!

Reb Noson explains that Chanukah is a time when the spiritually ill — really, all of us — have a chance to recover. When the king hears that his trusted servant is sick, he goes to visit his faithful aide. Seeing the monarch at his bedside, the sick man wants desperately to get up to serve his king, yet the king demurs. “I came here only to encourage you. I don’t want you to get up. Just enjoy my attention and make sure to rest so you...

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Light Up Chanukah W/ Chaim Kramer VIDEO
Dec15

Light Up Chanukah W/ Chaim Kramer VIDEO

Uncover The Hidden Essence of Chanukah How the Holiness of Chanukah Relates to Yom Kippur—and to the Future The True, Spiritual Nature of the Festival of Lights

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Pathways: Parashat Vayeshev – Chanukah
Dec11

Pathways: Parashat Vayeshev – Chanukah

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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Breaking Cruelty with Compassion
Dec11

Breaking Cruelty with Compassion

The poverty of R’ Pinchas Yehoshua of Tcherin is hard for us to grasp. He was so poor, he could only afford to rent a hovel with a dirt floor, and it cost him five rubles a year. One year’s rent was so difficult for him that he was forced to put off paying it. The next year brought no relief, and again he deferred payment. After seven years of delaying, his landlord finally had had enough. “You owe me thirty-five rubles for these past...

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Lighting the Night
Dec11

Lighting the Night

Chanukah always begins on the twenty-fifth day of Kislev. We light the menorah to celebrate the triumph of the eternal flame of Torah over the forces of spiritual darkness and materialism. One day’s worth of oil burned for eight days, defying nature, just like the survival of the Jewish people defies reason. As Mark Twain famously pointed out, the Greeks are long gone along with the rest of the great powers of antiquity (except China...

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Trust In G-d
Dec06

Trust In G-d

The deeper works explain that Kislev is the time to develop deep bitachon, active trust in G-d. The word kesel, meaning security, is the root of the name of the month. During this month, the Jewish people beat impossible odds: our ragtag army of untrained soldiers against the most powerful army in the ancient world, armed with the best weaponry and strategy. What could a soldier of antiquity do against trained elephants? Yet, in some...

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Essential Advice
Dec06

Essential Advice

The tribe associated with the month of Kislev is that of the youngest of Yaakov’s children, Benjamin, Ben-Yemin—the “son of the right-hand side.” Rashi explains that the land of Israel embodies the aspect of the “right hand side,” and that one implication of Binyamin’s name is that he was the child of Yaakov’s re-entry into the land and that he expresses the essence of the land. Reb Nosson explains that the main place to receive...

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Nip It in the Bud
Dec06

Nip It in the Bud

Breslover chassidim would say that it’s best to be quiet about the good that you do. Letting other people know about your accomplishments leads only to pride, and pride is the enemy of serving God. Reb Noson was very careful to trim any harmful pride that he found growing within the hearts of his students. Once his close disciple, Reb Nachman of Tulchin, traveled a long, hard journey to supervise a printing of Likutey Halakhot, Reb...

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Pathways: Parashat Vayishlach
Dec04

Pathways: Parashat Vayishlach

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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Accentuate The Positive!
Nov28

Accentuate The Positive!

The letter associated with Kislev is samech, the circular letter that has a numerical value of sixty. Reb Nosson explains that samech alludes to nullifying negativity. We learn this from the general rule that applies when non-kosher food falls into a pot of kosher food. If there is sixty times as much kosher food as the volume of the non-kosher matter that fell, its taste is nullified and the kosher food can be eaten. (If possible,...

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Pathways: Parashat Vayeitzei
Nov27

Pathways: Parashat Vayeitzei

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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Speaking Before the King
Nov27

Speaking Before the King

Rebbe Nachman tells a parable: Once there was a lord who had a very competent clerk in his employ. One day he sent this clerk to oversee a distant city within his fiefdom. When the clerk arrived at his post, however, he didn’t mention the lord at all, and people got the impression that the clerk was in fact the lord. Whenever they needed something from him, they would fall at his feet and show him all kinds of honor. They would...

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Waking Up
Nov23

Waking Up

The Chasam Sofer taught that the first day of the month of Kislev has great significance because it always falls out exactly forty days after the festival of Sukkot. It is a miniature Yom Kippur, and so it has the power to help us change our negative habits and patterns. Teshuvah—genuine repentance that returns us to our Source—entails facing our frailties and reframing how we respond when they tend to get in our way. For that, we...

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Your Personal Support System
Nov23

Your Personal Support System

The letter associated with the month of Cheshvan is nun, a letter that appears to be bent. Our sages explain that it alludes to getting up persevering despite sustaining a shock or fall, since the letter nun is the initial of the word noflim—“the fallen.” King David said, “G-d supports all of the fallen”—the embracing letter samech of the word for “supports” (somayach) is already there, waiting to pick up the bent-over nun of the...

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Pathways: Parashat Toldot
Nov20

Pathways: Parashat Toldot

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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