Seeing Our Good Points!
Dec06

Seeing Our Good Points!

Hold On! Personal Sanctuary Meshivat Nefesh #48 Rebbe Nachman taught: The Mishkan and the Beit Hamikdash were built out of the individual good-will offerings of the Jewish people. Some brought gold, some silver, some brought precious stones and some fabric. Rebbe Nachman explains that the Sanctuary—the place of prayer—is literally built from the good points within [...]

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Rebbe Nachman says, “No!”
Nov28

Rebbe Nachman says, “No!”

Hold On! Precious Moments Meshivat Nefesh #47 Rebbe Nachman taught: “Sometimes there are people who draw closer to Hashem for a certain amount of time and, afterward, they fall away again. Even so, their temporary period of greater closeness is very precious to Hashem, even if afterward whatever happened, happened, G-d forbid.” This short teaching always [...]

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Share the Wealth
Nov23

Share the Wealth

Hold On! Share the Wealth Meshivat Nefesh #46 It’s not always so easy for me to encourage myself, but I do find it fairly easy to encourage others. That’s because, “A person in prison can’t free himself”—my friend is in the prison of her own situation and the key is outside of her cell. She can’t [...]

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Grab Ahold of Eternity
Nov14

Grab Ahold of Eternity

Hold On! Eyes on the Prize? Meshivat Nefesh #45 What drives me to seek to serve G-d? Am I in it for self-satisfaction? For pleasure? For expectation of reward? Because sometimes it’s not so pleasurable, and sometimes I might even start to think that the debts I owe are going to outweigh the reward that’s coming [...]

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Dealing With Internal Struggle 
Nov09

Dealing With Internal Struggle 

Hold On! The Wrestling Match Meshivat Nefesh #44 Within me there are two basic forces at conflict with each other. There is a part of me that longs to bond with my Creator; to do good and be good; to express my G-dly self. But I have to admit that there is also a part of [...]

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New Beginnings
Nov03

New Beginnings

Hold On! New Beginnings  Meshivat Nefesh #42 No matter what I’ve done, no matter what I’ve been through…the main thing is to begin again now. And it’s not enough to only begin again only once. The moment I feel bogged down by the past, by whatever wrongs I’ve done, I have to take a deep breath [...]

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Don’t Get Discouraged!
Nov03

Don’t Get Discouraged!

Hold On! Infinitely Kind  Meshivat Nefesh #43 There are times when I get discouraged because it seems as though all of the prayers and work that I’ve put in to draw closer to G-d haven’t borne fruit. Underneath it all, I have a suspicion that my Creator is actually pushing me away…otherwise why does He make it [...]

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Just Sight Tight
Oct15

Just Sight Tight

Hold On! Just Sit Tight Meshivat Nefesh #40 If I catch myself in a negative behavior or thought pattern, what do I do? Rebbe Nachman offers simple advice: Don’t do. The sages used a term, “Sitting and doing nothing is preferable.” Sometimes, my deeply-seated need to act in this world of action can lead me astray. [...]

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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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A Saving Grace
Aug09

A Saving Grace

Hold On! A Saving Grace Meshivat Nefesh #35 When I make an honest self-assessment, I find myself coming up so short. And then it’s so easy for me to get down on myself. But Rebbe Nachman taught me a powerful tool to reorient my mind and heart. “It bothers me to find myself so far [...]

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The Annoying Neighbor
Aug01

The Annoying Neighbor

Hold On! The Annoying Neighbor Meshivat Nefesh #34 It’s inevitable that my lower self—my yetzer hara—is going to try to get me on board. That’s its job. And it will keep on coming back to make its offers again and again—never getting tired, never getting bored. So Rebbe Nachman taught me to look at those repeated [...]

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The Smallest Motion
Jul31

The Smallest Motion

Hold On! The Smallest Motion Meshivat Nefesh #33 We’re all an amalgam of potential and damage, goodness and imperfection. It’s tempting to wonder why God chose to place us in such very trying circumstances—to be, as I once heard from a friend, “celestial beings having terrestrial experiences.” But Rebbe Nachman taught: “The smallest motion that one [...]

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Everything Can Be Transformed
Jul31

Everything Can Be Transformed

Hold On! The Narrow Bridge Meshivat Nefesh #32 Considering the Infinite perfection of the Creator, it would seem as though all of our human failings would make us completely unfit for anything but disregard at best, and punishment at worst. But we know and believe that God is full of mercy, and the universe is suffused [...]

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