Pathways: Special Pesach Edition
Apr10

Pathways: Special Pesach Edition

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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Go Beyond Nature – Nissan #2
Apr04

Go Beyond Nature – Nissan #2

A Sacred Time – Nissan #2 Nissan is the time when the spring begins in earnest, when the world goes into bloom, and its mazal is the ram. This renewal of the natural world, while positive, also has its more negative aspect: the rejuvenation of material desires. The Egyptians worshiped the ram because they believed that one should act out his animalistic nature, which is the opposite of personal purity. The pesach offering is...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Metzora
Apr02

Pathways On The Parsha: Metzora

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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Getting Down From Scrubbing? – Nissan #1
Apr02

Getting Down From Scrubbing? – Nissan #1

Now that Nissan has arrived, it’s time to talk about Pesach cleaning. Although the halachic sources applaud the great care that the Jewish people take in preparing for Pesach–going above and beyond the strict letter of the law–many do feel overwhelmed (or just plain worried) about how they will manage the job. Most are even busier than usual without factoring in the cleaning. How can we do a truly thorough Pesach...

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Simple Success – Adar #10
Mar28

Simple Success – Adar #10

A Sacred Time – Adar #10 Simple Success – Parashat HaChodesh (the New Moon) “Rav Yitzchak said: If a person makes himself simple, Hashem is simple with him. Rav Oshaya taught, ‘When a person is simple with Hashem, the hour stands for him.’” (Masechet Nedarim) Rebbe Nachman taught: “The main spiritual work is simplicity…. Although one should not be a fool, he should be simple.”...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Tazria
Mar27

Pathways On The Parsha: Tazria

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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Sacred Time: Start Fresh – Adar #9
Mar25

Sacred Time: Start Fresh – Adar #9

A Sacred Time – Adar #9 Start Fresh “This month shall be the first month for you” (Shemot 12:2) Rebbe Nachman taught: “It is not good to be old. Even an old chassid or an old tzaddik is not good. One needs to renew himself by beginning fresh every day…” (Sichot HaRan, #51) Reb Nosson z”l, explains that Parshat Hachodesh (we read this Torah portion this Shabbat) alludes to renewal, just like the moon...

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Sacred Time: Dead Or Alive – Adar 8
Mar21

Sacred Time: Dead Or Alive – Adar 8

Adar 8 Dead Or Alive? After Purim, we prepare for Pesach by reading the Parshat Parah–the Torah portion that details the laws of the red heifer, which was burned so its ashes could be used to purify from the defilement of the dead. This was a necessary stage in the path to Pesach, since the Pesach offering could only be eaten in a state of ritual purity. Even though we no longer have a Beit Hamikdash, the laws of the offerings...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Shemini
Mar20

Pathways On The Parsha: Shemini

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. Download (PDF,...

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Sacred Time: It’s Never Too Late – Adar 7
Mar19

Sacred Time: It’s Never Too Late – Adar 7

Adar 7 It’s Never Too Late “…And they made it a day of feasting and joy.” (Esther 9:18) Rebbe Nachman’s daughter Sarah got married in Medvedevka right after Purim. Reb Nosson made the long journey to Medvedevka for the wedding, only arriving toward the end of Purim. After a very trying journey, he was so exhausted that he really couldn’t rejoice as one should on the holiday. Although he had made it in time to...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Purim
Mar13

Pathways On The Parsha: Purim

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Sacred Time: Saving The Crumbs – Adar 6
Mar12

Sacred Time: Saving The Crumbs – Adar 6

Adar 6 Saving the Crumbs   The word Purim can also indicate peirurim, or crumbs. The verse states, “Por hitporerah ha’aretz…”–“The earth is crumbled to pieces…” (Yeshayah 24:19) Even though, in its context, the verse speaks of devastation, it also has a hidden meaning about how it is possible to repair the situation. We fix ourselves and our “crumbled” world with the crumbs of good...

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Sacred Time: Did You Eat from the Tree? – Adar 5
Mar09

Sacred Time: Did You Eat from the Tree? – Adar 5

Adar 5 “Did You Eat from the Tree?” Every Jew who is proud to be Jewish generates a unique hitpa’arut or pride on high as well. Every motion that we make moves all of the upper worlds. The Baal Shem Tov taught that Hashem loves each and every Jew far more than a parent loves an only child. The Zohar says if we realized how much Hashem loves us, we would be so overwhelmed that we would faint on the spot. Reb Nosson...

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Sacred Time: (Re-in) Venting Your Spleen – Adar 4
Mar09

Sacred Time: (Re-in) Venting Your Spleen – Adar 4

Adar 4 (Re-in) Venting Your Spleen The organ that is associated with the month of Adar is the spleen. Its function in the body is to filter and cleanse the blood of worn or deficient blood vessels. The Zohar explains that a filter is, by definition, an expression of Gevurah–restraint. When the spleen does its job, old blood is replaced, its iron is recycled, and a healthy reserve is maintained for emergencies. If it isn’t fit,...

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Pathways On The Parsha: Vayikra
Mar06

Pathways On The Parsha: Vayikra

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Sacred Time: To Focus on the Source – Adar 3
Mar04

Sacred Time: To Focus on the Source – Adar 3

Sacred Time 08 Adar 3 “The earth will be filled with knowledge of G-d like the sea floor is covered with water.” (Yeshayahu 11:9) The sign of the month of Adar is dagim–fish, in the plural–but what is the deeper meaning of the mazal? Reb Nosson explains with characteristic clarity: water alludes to da’at, deep understanding, since before the world was created there was only water. This is closest state to...

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