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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The Narrow Bridge
Jul31

The Narrow Bridge

Hold On! The Narrow Bridge Meshivat Nefesh #31 Even people who aren’t too familiar with Rebbe Nachman’s teachings are likely to have heard his famous encouraging shout out to us: “Know that a person has to cross a very narrow bridge in this world. And the main thing is that he shouldn’t fear.” There’s even a [...]

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Lighten Up!
Jul14

Lighten Up!

Hold On! Just a Hairsbreadth Meshivat Nefesh #29 Sometimes I can feel overwhelmed by my great distance from my spiritual goals. Rebbe Nachman offered encouragement, though, to help me see my situation in the right perspective. A human being living in the physical universe is suffused by, and surrounded by, the pull of the material at [...]

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Lighten Up!
Jul14

Lighten Up!

Hold On! Lighten Up! Meshivat Nefesh #30 Joy is the source of spiritual strength, so keeping myself in spiritual health means knowing how to stay in a positive state of mind with a happy disposition. Rebbe Nachman taught that we need to have “a variety of joy-making tools at our disposal”—and that’s an art all by [...]

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Unparalleled Challenges
Jun28

Unparalleled Challenges

Hold On! The Universal Rule Meshivat Nefesh #28 Sometimes I’m convinced that no one has ever gone through the kinds of challenges that I’ve had to face, especially in my Divine service. Rebbe Nachman himself reassured his students, though, that every kind of obstacle imaginable besets everyone who sincerely seeks closeness to God. My challenges might [...]

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Stand Firm!
Jun28

Stand Firm!

Hold On! Stand Firm! Meshivat Nefesh #27 I remember being told when I was young that it wasn’t good to be stubborn, that’s it’s a character flaw. But Rebbe Nachman taught that, when it comes to Divine service, sometimes you have to be a “big akshan”—really stubborn. So instead of thinking of it as stubbornness, maybe [...]

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Where Are You?
Jun28

Where Are You?

Hold On! Where Are You? Meshivat Nefesh #26 It’s only possible to feel distant from God because it is part of the Divine plan for there to be concealment of His Presence in our world. In my own life, there are places and moments of revelation—where God’s Presence is obvious to me—and situations of concealment, where [...]

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Begin Again Now
Jun28

Begin Again Now

Hold On! Begin Again Now! Meshivat Nefesh #22 When my spiritual boat gets rocked and I feel like I’ve fallen from where I want to be, I need to remember that nothing happens unless it was decreed on high. So even though I’m fully accountable for whatever I’ve done wrong, I also need to accept that [...]

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Be Courageous
Jun28

Be Courageous

Hold On! Courage Lesson Meshivat Nefesh #21 In French, the word for heart is Coeur, and that’s the root of the English word courage—“heart feeling.” Rebbe Nachman taught that courage is rooted in the heart; when my heart is strong, I’m not afraid of anyone and I have the strength to conquer every battle. This is [...]

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Pathways: Bechukotai
Jun02

Pathways: Bechukotai

"Pathways" is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive "Pathways" delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF, 1.29MB)

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Pathways: Lag Ba’Omer
May24

Pathways: Lag Ba’Omer

"Pathways" is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive "Pathways" delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF, 1.29MB)

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Pathways: Parshat Emor
May19

Pathways: Parshat Emor

"Pathways" is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive "Pathways" delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF, 1.29MB)

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Pathways: Parshat Kedoshim
May12

Pathways: Parshat Kedoshim

"Pathways" is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive "Pathways" delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF, 1.27MB)

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