It All Adds Up
Sep12

It All Adds Up

Hold On! It All Adds Up Meshivat Nefesh #39 "Know that every single motion that one makes in an effort to come closer to G-d eventually adds up and comes to your aid in your moment of dire need." In time,” said Rebbe Nachman, “Surely he will enter into the gates of holiness. Because G-d is [...]

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You Can Fix It!
Sep12

You Can Fix It!

Hold On! A Matter Of Faith Meshivat Nefesh #38 Rebbe Nachman taught: “If you believe that you can destroy, believe that you can repair.” I’ve always been struck by the emphasis on the word “believe.” As if it’s a matter of belief, when you’ve destroyed something? If I broke something valuable, do I need to believe [...]

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Never Give Up!
Sep01

Never Give Up!

Hold On! Never Give Up Meshivat Nefesh #37 Rebbe Nachman taught: “Even if a person fell very far, God forbid, and finds himself in the lowest pit of hell…even so, he still has great hope by virtue of the truly great tzaddik. Because it’s that caliber of tzaddik who is able to derive spiritual vitality [...]

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Hidden Energy
Aug26

Hidden Energy

Hold On! Hidden Energy Meshivat Nefesh #36 I love to learn Torah; it revives me and illuminates my life. But there are times when I can’t learn, either because my mind is occupied, or circumstances don’t permit it. Where do I get my spiritual vitality then, during the times that I’m not actively learning Torah? [...]

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For the Sake of the Children
Aug12

For the Sake of the Children

Rebbe Nachman’s maternal grandfather was a mysterious figure in the history of Chassidism. The Rebbe’s great-grandfather, the Baal Shem Tov, made the match between his daughter, Adil, and one of his students, Rabbi Yechiel, known as “the Deutschel” (the German). Rebbe Nachman’s own brother, one of his earliest followers, was named after their grandfather. But [...]

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Your Personal Consciousness-Bridge
May11

Your Personal Consciousness-Bridge

Hold On! The Double-Edged Lesson Meshivat Nefesh #25 What is a tzaddik? A tzaddik is a consciousness-bridge. His job is to help those who feel distant from God become aware that, “His glory fills all of the world,” that there is no place devoid of the Divine Presence. It is possible to immediately attain closeness to [...]

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What I Can Give, No One Else Can
Feb03

What I Can Give, No One Else Can

Hold On! Meshivat Nefesh #3 The Glory of G-d United We Stand The tzaddik has such a broad soul, he’s able to work with the full spectrum of human beings, from the greatest to the least. And those who are close to him also develop the skills and tools and broadness of spirit that help [...]

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The Tzaddik At My Side
Jan28

The Tzaddik At My Side

Yitro and Moshe could not have been more different from one another. There has never been a man as great as Moshe. On three separate occasions, Moshe ascended to Heaven for forty days and forty nights. He neither ate nor slept, and had no physical wants or needs to look after while he was there [...]

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A Fresh Start
Feb02

A Fresh Start

Shevat III Rebbe Nachman shared that the world was completely different for him every Jewish holiday: “The entire cycle of yearly times—be it Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur or Sukkot; Hoshanah Rabbah or Simchat Torah; or whether it’s the minor holidays like Chanukah, Purim or Tu b’Shevat which proceeds it; or on Pesach or Shavuot… I [...]

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The Very Best Advice
Feb02

The Very Best Advice

Shevat II In the mystic Book of Formation attributed to Abraham, tzadi is the letter associated with the month of Shevat, and the mode of the month is eating. The letter alludes to the tzaddik, which literally means a righteous person. Rebbe Nachman teaches that we feel drawn after material comforts when our hearts are [...]

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Mission Impossible
Dec11

Mission Impossible

It’s literally the world’s oldest argument. Before Creation, God consulted with the angels, asking their opinion of His new enterprise. They argued against it: “What is man that You should remember him?” (Psalms 8:5). When God desired to give us His holy Torah, once again the angels countered, “Leave the Torah with us and we [...]

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All In Good Time
Oct29

All In Good Time

If I were to ask, “What is the secret cause of evil and sin?” what would you answer? Perhaps you would suggest lust, greed, or one of our many other base temptations. However, Reb Noson offers one basic catalyst: Time. Our Rabbis teach that the evil inclination is only influential “in its time” (Yerushalmi, Sotah [...]

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This Way to the Treasure
Aug14

This Way to the Treasure

A man once dreamed that there was a great treasure under a bridge in Vienna. He traveled to Vienna and stood near the bridge, trying to figure out what to do. He did not dare search for the treasure by day, because of the many people who were there. An officer passed by and asked, [...]

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The Power Of Free Choice
May29

The Power Of Free Choice

After centuries of bondage, the poor Israelite slaves emerge victorious and triumphant over their Egyptian taskmasters. Making their way through the desert, they approach Mount Sinai and the ultimate purpose of Creation, where the lowest of the low rise to become God’s chosen people. Moses delivers God’s question to the Hebrews: “Will you accept the [...]

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Self-Transformation With Azamra!
Apr30

Self-Transformation With Azamra!

In Azamra, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov shows us how to elevate and transform ourselves and others.

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Building for Eternity
Feb28

Building for Eternity

Every four years, in honor of the Olympic Games, tens of billions of dollars are expended and a virtual city is constructed – only to be abandoned a few weeks later. Thousands of years ago, our Jewish ancestors recognized what a waste of gelt this was (not to mention the excessive physical labor) and came [...]

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