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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Pathways: Parashat Masei
Jul24

Pathways: Parashat Masei

“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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Destruction & Godly Awareness
Jul23

Destruction & Godly Awareness

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #7 The month of Tammuz is a special time to mourn the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash, the holy temple in Jerusalem. The Talmud tells us that this especially refers to the destruction of our da’at, or awareness of G-d. This kind of destruction wasn’t only caused by the Babylonians or the Romans; any perceived injustice on the communal or individual level that disrupts our serenity and conscious...

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Azamra: The Mountain & The Secret,
Jul22

Azamra: The Mountain & The Secret,

Instant Azamra In the previous post, we said that it’s important to understand the concept of Azamra and how following this practice empowers us and brings us to joy, and why joy is so important. In a nutshell: 1. Look for the good points in others. 2. Look for the good points in yourself. 3. When you do, you’ll be less prone to depression, more open to joy. 4. When you’re more joyous, it’s easier to pray. 5. When you pray, you...

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Hopefully Patient
Jul18

Hopefully Patient

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #6 The tribe associated with the month of Tammuz is Reuven. The Midrash explains that Reuven is a contraction for r’eu ven, and the Chassidic writings reveal that this conveys a powerful message: “perceive [r’eu] that you are a child [ben] of G-d.” But the word ven or ben has another connotation as well. The Arizal writes that its numerical value is the same as behemah, or animal. Reb Nosson explains that...

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Pathways: Parashat Matot
Jul17

Pathways: Parashat Matot

“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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Between The Hardships
Jul16

Between The Hardships

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #5 “All of her pursuers caught her between the straits.” The seventeenth of Tammuz is the beginning of a difficult three-week period for the Jewish people that only ends after the ninth of Av. The walls of Jerusalem were breached on the seventeenth of Tammuz; it is exactly forty days after the sixth of Sivan, when Moses first ascended on high to receive the Torah. It was the day that Moses was slated to...

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Azamra: Glasses And Mirrors
Jul15

Azamra: Glasses And Mirrors

Women who are eager to learn Breslov Chassidut are an amazingly honest bunch. When we learn Azamra our responses to the lesson show that we’re willing to do the hard work it takes to make this powerful teaching of Rebbe Nachman’s part of ourselves. Whether in class or one-on-one learning, whenever we discuss Azamra, there are two main types of responses  and I’ve posted versions of them, below. (These are real responses, only...

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Crossing The Narrow Bridge
Jul11

Crossing The Narrow Bridge

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #4 “Remember! A person must travel on a very narrow bride. The main thing is not to be afraid!” Likutey Moharan, II:48. Chet is the letter associated with Tammuz in Sefer Yetzirah. In a Torah scroll, that letter resembles a narrow bridge—two posts and thin line that bridges them. The month of Tammuz brings in its wake difficult times. We fast on the Seventeenth of Tammuz because on that day the walls of...

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Pathways: Parashat Pinchas
Jul10

Pathways: Parashat Pinchas

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Walking With God
Jul08

Walking With God

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #3 According to the Sefer Yetzirah, the action associated with the month of Tammuz is walking. Tammuz is the month when the spies began their forty-day sojourn of the land of Israel. Reb Nosson, z”l, explains that sending spies to reconnoiter the land was inherently wrong; Israel is above nature. There was no reason to investigate the land to see if conquering it was technically possible. Instead, we...

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Returning To Our Source
Jul04

Returning To Our Source

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #2 Most people figure that the time to return to G-d is during the High Holy Days, or possibly during Elul,the month before Rosh Hashanah. Rebbe Nachman reveals that the deep repentance of the High Holy Days actually begins in Tammuz. The word Tammuz, when written in full with the vowel vav,is an acronym for ‘zmanei teshuvah m’mashmishin u’vain’—‘the times of repentance are on their way.’ Repentance...

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Healing The Broken Tablets
Jul03

Healing The Broken Tablets

A Sacred Time – Tammuz #1 Rebbe Nachman reveals that the word Tammuz, when written without the vowel vav, is an acronym for zichru Torat Moshe, “Remember the Torah of Moshe.” Reb Nosson explains that the Torah in its essence is so sublime, so remote from this world, that it is really beyond our grasp completely. But due to G-d’s love for the Jewish people, He contracted it and brought it down so that human beings...

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Pathways: Parashat Balak
Jul03

Pathways: Parashat Balak

“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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