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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You Should Go

I returned from Uman shortly before dawn last Monday (18 Sivan/31 May). Arkia Airlines has recently started flights between Tel Aviv and Kiev. Occasionally, as happened last week, they offer low-priced tickets. I paid $270. A number of other Breslover chassidim that I met on the plane paid only $250. One passenger paid a measly [...]

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Podcast, the First

But Gd willing not the last. From The Rebbe Nachman Thursday Night Chaburah meeting of 6 May'10. The podcast is here.

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Live Class

im yirtzeh Hashem (God willing) The Rebbe Nachman Thursday Night Chaburah (we recently celebrated our second anniversary!) will be broadcast live starting this Thursday night. You can find us at Radio Free Nachlaot. It begins 8 PM Jerusalem time, 1 PM Eastern Daylight Time, noon Central, 10 AM Pacific. We will be continuing Sichot HaRan [...]

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ASK A BRESLOVER – Smoking Weed and Learning Torah

Hello, I have heard that some Breslovers use marijuana as a spiritual tool. And according to Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan it was an ingredient in the holy anointing oil. So my question is since most likely the Jews of the temple time did smoke weed, and it was also considered something holy... can we in fact [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaYishlach

Based on Likutey Moharan II, Lesson 4:10 Yaakov said [to Esav], “Please don’t [refuse my gift]. If I have found favor in your eyes, take my offering...For me, seeing your face is like seeing the face of an angel; and you have received me favorably” (Genesis 33:10). Said Rebbe Elazar, “When the Temple stood, a [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaYetze

Based on Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #92 The Midrash (Kohelet Rabbah 9:11) teaches: Yesterday, “[Yaakov] rolled the stone off the well” (Genesis 29:10). Today, “[his] sons carried Yaakov to Egypt” (ibid. 46:5). Rebbe Nachman once commented that an average human lifespan, seventy to eighty years, consists of three periods: growth, stability (“the prime of life”) and [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Toldot

Based on Rebbe Nachman's Stories, The Seven Beggars/Hunchback "There was a famine in the land...and so Yitzchak went...to Gerar...He sowed in that land and produced that year a hundred-fold" (Genesis 26:1, 12). Rashi (v. 12) asks why the location and year are emphasized. He answers, "Even though it was an unyielding land and a hard [...]

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