Pathways: Parashat Bo
Jan21

Pathways: Parashat Bo

“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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Pathways: Parashat Vaeira
Jan15

Pathways: Parashat Vaeira

“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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God Is Right Here
Jan14

God Is Right Here

A Sacred Time – Teves #5 The Sefer Yetzirah—possibly the Jewish mystical text of earliest origin—reveals that the letter associated with the month of Tevet is ayin. The letter ayin has a numerical value of seventy. There are seventy facets to every aspect of Torah. Rebbe Nachman teaches that the seventy facets of Torah counter the negative influence of the seventy original, root nations. Tevet is known to be a very difficult...

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Holy Chutzpah!
Jan14

Holy Chutzpah!

The three letters that form the month of Tevet—tet, vav, tav—are an acronym for, “tireh tov b’chaverchah”—“see the good in your friend.” Reb Nosson explains that most of us have a hard time when we see a friend do wrong since we can’t understand how a person with so many positive qualities could have blown it so badly. We need to reverse direction and start by focusing on the error. Clearly, when a person makes a bad mistake it...

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Pathways: Parashat Shemot
Jan08

Pathways: Parashat Shemot

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A Real Friend
Jan05

A Real Friend

The three letters that form the month of Tevet—tet, vav, tav—are an acronym for, “tireh tov b’chaverchah”—“see the good in your friend.” Reb Nosson explains that most of us have a hard time when we see a friend do wrong since we can’t understand how a person with so many positive qualities could have blown it so badly. We need to reverse direction and start by focusing on the error. Clearly, when a person makes a bad mistake it...

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Shining A Light
Jan01

Shining A Light

The tenth day of Teves is a public fast commemorating the passing of Ezra the scribe, the siege of the walls of Jerusalen and the translation of the Torah into Greek. It is also the day that Reb Nosson of Breslov passed away. Rebbe Nachman explained that a fast has the power to transform spiritual darkness into light. By fasting, we loosen the hold that the body has over us and allow the soul to shine more brightly. Rebbe Nachman...

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Pathways: Parashat Vayechi
Jan01

Pathways: Parashat Vayechi

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Pathways: Parashat Vayigash
Dec25

Pathways: Parashat Vayigash

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The Light of Gratitude
Dec24

The Light of Gratitude

The final days of Chanukah always fall out during the beginning of the month of Tevet. The last day is known as Zot Chanukah, “this is Chanukah,” since it is the culmination of the many rectifications of this precious holiday. The Oneg Shabbat explains that by the final day of Chanukah we have lit the Chanukah lights for the final time that year. All that remains is for us to thank and praise the Almighty, which fills our entire year...

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Nothing Is By Chance
Dec24

Nothing Is By Chance

It is customary on Chanukah to play dreidel. A dreidel is a kind of top with four sides that has different Hebrew letters inscribed on each side. The four letters are nun, gimel, hei and shin. This is an acronym for “nes gadol hayah sham”—“A great miracle occurred there.” This alludes to the miracle of the menorah in the second Temple. Although the Maccabees clearing through the devastation of the sacked Temple only found one day’s...

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Taste the Joy!
Dec24

Taste the Joy!

Chanukah is such a pleasure—every child’s (and adult’s) dream: you get to eat delicious (and fattening) food, play games for money (or chocolates), there are gifts…what more could you ask for in a holiday? But where is the soul of Chanukah? Childlike, I can enjoy the physical delights of Chanukah, but I also yearn to taste the spiritual delight of this special time. How can I access it? Through prayer. Rav Shmuel Shapira, one of the...

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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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