Pathways: Parashat Shoftim
Aug27

Pathways: Parashat Shoftim

“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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Borrow the Joy!
Aug27

Borrow the Joy!

Reb Aharon of Kiblitch was a very happy person. He was so filled with joy that other chassidim envied him. Despite his poverty, he was always happy. No surprise, then, that he was accomplished at bringing joy to a heavy heart. Usually only a few words from him were enough to transform gloom to joy. He would often dance, celebrating his spirituality. When asked how he could always dance with such enthusiasm, he replied, “Well,...

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What Is Elul?
Aug24

What Is Elul?

For those who have studied in Yeshiva, just the sound of the word Elul is enough to send a chill down your spine. It is said that in the days of old, when the month of Elul was announced in communities throughout Europe (on the proceeding Shabbat), many would faint from fear. If one takes a quick glance at the laws and customs pertaining to Elul, we learn we should recite more Tehilim, refrain from certain activities that although...

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The Breslov Elul Text – Torah Vav
Aug24

The Breslov Elul Text – Torah Vav

When the month if Elul comes around, Breslover Chassidim from around the world study and review lesson 6 of Rebbe Nachman’s Likutey Moharan. This lesson is called “Torah Vav,” and discusses Rebbe Nachman’s view of Teshuvah (returning to God.)  We are happy to present this lesson to you. Enjoy! Download (PDF,...

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Faith & Trust
Aug24

Faith & Trust

A Sacred Time – Av #6 The very name Av has important connotations. Av means father in Hebrew. We need to muster all our strength to turn to our Father in heaven during this month. On a simple level this means becoming less focused on the demands of the self and remembering that G-d is at the center of the universe, not me. The Talmud tells us that the Temple was destroyed due to gratuitous hatred, and hatred stems from...

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Pathways: Parashat Reeh
Aug21

Pathways: Parashat Reeh

“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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Today ONLY!
Aug20

Today ONLY!

A Sacred Time – Av #5 As the Month of Av draws to its close, we consider how to repair the ruins of the Temple. We need Mashiach, our righteous redeemer, to pull the world out of the flaming conflagration of greed and corruption that threatens to consume it. In a world where no one needs to be hungry or lack shelter, so many people suffer from poverty and lack. What prevents this world from being the paradise that it could be?...

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Strong Like A Lion
Aug17

Strong Like A Lion

Once, when Reb Nosson, z”l, ran into Reb Meir of Teplik, z”l, he took the opportunity to ask Reb Meir about another man from Teplik. The fellow townsman had recently started coming to learn with Reb Nosson, and he wanted to know more about him. Reb Meir answered in an offhanded manner—it was clear that he didn’t think much of the man. Reb Nosson protested, “Listen to me. If you view people in a critical manner you will end up...

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Pathways: Parashat Eikev
Aug14

Pathways: Parashat Eikev

“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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You Are Bigger Than Your Mistakes
Aug14

You Are Bigger Than Your Mistakes

The students of the Baal Shem Tov were often ridiculed for their allegiance to their rebbe. But they stood strong, committing themselves to serve God. One student of the Baal Shem Tov would eat only on Shabbat. He would secretly refrain from food and drink for the rest of the week as he immersed in study and prayer. Once, during such a fast, he felt extremely ill. He felt as though he would expire if he didn’t put something in his...

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Pathways: Parashat VaEtchanan
Aug07

Pathways: Parashat VaEtchanan

“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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Finding the Good
Aug07

Finding the Good

Once, when Reb Nosson, z”l, ran into Reb Meir of Teplik, z”l, he took the opportunity to ask Reb Meir about another man from Teplik. The fellow townsman had recently started coming to learn with Reb Nosson, and he wanted to know more about him. Reb Meir answered in an offhanded manner—it was clear that he didn’t think much of the man. Reb Nosson protested, “Listen to me. If you view people in a critical manner you will end up...

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The Birth of Moshiach
Aug04

The Birth of Moshiach

A Sacred Time – Av #2 Sometimes we can only see the good when it’s reflected through the lens of suffering. When we see the great spiritual desolation and yearn for light from within that darkness, we build vessels to see the positives and build on them. Sometimes we prefer to ignore the barren areas of our spiritual life, but how can we improve if we refuse to see the need for improvements? The fast of the ninth of Av is an...

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Pathways: Parashat Devarim
Jul31

Pathways: Parashat Devarim

“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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Azamra: The Tzaddik’s Mission
Jul30

Azamra: The Tzaddik’s Mission

Look for the good points. In others. In ourselves. This brings us to joy. The joy washes over us and we are able to talk to God and create a relationship with Him. This is the essence of Azamra. When we choose and collect these good points, we create a melody, much as a musician creates a melody when he chooses and then plays several notes. This is a conscious, even cognitive process, but also a spiritual one. Azamra is the playing of...

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New Openings
Jul27

New Openings

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #8 The three weeks is the hardest part of the year for the Jewish people. It is much harder to hold onto a deep connection to Hashem during this time. What are we to do when we feel under attack, when everything seems to be going wrong? When Reb Nosson was going through real distress during this exact period, he said: “Our only source of vitality is the Rebbe’s teaching about focusing on the windows of...

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