The Breslov Kabbalah Series: Part 1 – Intro
Jan31

The Breslov Kabbalah Series: Part 1 – Intro

Rebbe Nachman once said: “I will take you on a new path—a path that has never before existed. It is indeed an ancient path. Yet it is completely new” (Tzaddik #264). The path that Rebbe Nachman revealed to his followers at the turn of the nineteenth century is just as applicable—if not more so—to those of [...]

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Bringing young boys to Uman
Dec27

Bringing young boys to Uman

Q: I'm doing research for a writing project. I once heard that R' Nachman of Breslov promised something regarding boys under a certain age who say tikkun klali at his kever.  Is this true? If yes, what was the promise? A: Shalom! Rebbe Nachman zal said that if one brought his son to him before [...]

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Rebbe Nachman’s kever stays in Uman
Dec08

Rebbe Nachman’s kever stays in Uman

In the last few years the issue of re-locating Rebbe Nachman’s kever (grave) to Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) has been bandied about a number of times. Usually, those who suggest the move are vociferous, well-meaning, but ignorant of Breslov tradition and, often, not even affiliated with Breslov in any way. Various reasons, many [...]

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Breslov Repair Kit–Self Esteem
Nov18

Breslov Repair Kit–Self Esteem

Self-esteem is the experience of being capable of meeting life's challenges and   being worthy of happiness. [We also believe in] personal responsibility and accountability.  —The National Association for Self-Esteem (NASE) “You may have faith, but you have no faith in yourself” “…It is written (Sech. 4:10), ‘Who has despised the day of small things.’ The [...]

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Bouncing Back—and Forward
Sep23

Bouncing Back—and Forward

Dvar Torah for Parshat Netzavim-VaYelekh Bouncing Back—and Forward “You are standing here today... (Deuteronomy 29:9). Rashi comments: “Like ‘today’ which is, which gets dark and which shines, [God] has shone on you in the past and will shine on you in the future. The curses and the suffering [of Deuteronomy 28] maintain and sustain you.* [...]

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Send a Note/Kvital to Rebbe Nachman’s Gravesite in Uman Service
Sep15

Send a Note/Kvital to Rebbe Nachman’s Gravesite in Uman Service

Can’t make it to Uman this year for Rosh HaShanah? Whoever contributes $36 or more towards the publication of Rebbe Nachman’s Books will have the merit of their kvital being brought to Rebbe Nachman’s Gravesite in Uman. If you contribute $360 or more, someone will bring your Kvital and recite the Tikkun HaKlali on your behalf. May we all [...]

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The Importance of Stories About Tzaddikim
Jun29

The Importance of Stories About Tzaddikim

Rebbe Nachman once remarked: “What most inspired me to devote myself to serving God in truth was hearing stories of tzaddikim.” He explained that many great tzaddikim used to visit his parents’ house, which had once been the home of the Baal Shem Tov (Rebbe Nachman’s maternal great-grandfather). These illustrious Chassidim would frequently visit Medzeboz [...]

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Bibi Netanyahu On Roosevelt: “I guess he was a follower of Rebbe Nachman.”
May24

Bibi Netanyahu On Roosevelt: “I guess he was a follower of Rebbe Nachman.”

Hours before his historic speech, a day after he managed to bend the U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu walked among the nation's greatest American monuments and spread optimism: "We have no fear but fear itself", he quoted Franklin Roosevelt, "I guess he was a disciple of Rabbi Nachman." Netanyahu periodically stopped to look [...]

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You Don’t Say
Mar09

You Don’t Say

A friend was upset recently and e-mailed me. He had seen—on a website that attempts to spread the teachings of Rebbe Nachman z”l (Hebrew for zikhrono livrakhah, may his memory be for a blessing)—that the Holocaust was good. And, that in order to hasten the arrival of Mashiach, we would need to thank God for [...]

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Tu b’Shevat (15th Shevat)
Jan19

Tu b’Shevat (15th Shevat)

The teaching of the Bnei Yissaskhar to pray for a beautiful etrog (citron) on Tu b'Shevat is fairly well-known (Bnei Yissaskhar, Shevat 2:2). I’m fairly confident that the link to the prayer the Ben Ish Chai composed for having a beautiful etrog is making the rounds of the 'Net, even as we speak. I would like [...]

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In Honor of Tu b’Shevat
Jan18

In Honor of Tu b’Shevat

The following is from the forthcoming volume of Breslov Research’s translation of Likutey Moharan. which, with God’s help, will see the light of day before Pesach 5771. Translated by Moshe Mykoff, annotated by Chaim Kramer and edited by yours truly. Those big numbers that show up here and there are footnote markers. I apologize for [...]

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Thinking about the Tzaddik
Jan02

Thinking about the Tzaddik

Rebbe Nachman’s beautiful chair was made by the shochet (ritual-slaughterer) of Teplik. When he delivered his gift to the Rebbe, the Rebbe was quite happy. Rebbe Nachman asked him, “How long did it take you to make the chair?” “I worked on it for an hour a day, for six months,” answered the shochet. Rebbe [...]

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HaModia article

This article originally appeared in the Erev Sukkos 5771/2010 edition of the English-laguage version of HaModia. It is posted here with their kind permission. Since I wrote it on the Sunday before Rosh HaShanah, less than 24 hours before my pilgrimage to Uman, prior to packing for my flight to Odessa, I thought of titling [...]

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Question & Answer: The Land of Israel
Aug26

Question & Answer: The Land of Israel

I received this impassioned plea disguised as a question, from a woman in her 20s who currently resides in the Western Hemisphere. It's relevance is global, applies equally to all ages and genders and goes beyond her immediate concern. [20-something woman] Sorry to bug you but I wanted to talk to you about something. When [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Balak

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Melamdim 4:6 Remember what Amalek did to you b’derekh, on the road, when you left Egypt (Deuteronomy 25:17). One of the leaders of Breslover chassidim today, Rebbe Yaakov Meir Schechter (may he live and be well), once pointed out that Rebbe Nachman’s two major works open in a similar vein. The [...]

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A Response
Jun06

A Response

{This post was first published on 6 June 2010 and was updated 13 June. New comments are in {}. My thanks to those who have commented. You made the post a better one.} The recent article in Mishpacha Magazine that we were thankful for, and applauded here, was recently followed by a number of "Letters [...]

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