Rebbe Nachman of Guadeloupe
Apr16

Rebbe Nachman of Guadeloupe

Walter Hilliger lives on a Caribbean island called Guadeloupe. Recently, he became interested in Rebbe Nachman and has begun studying Likutey Moharan. He was kind enough to allow us to interview him about what Rebbe Nachman’s teachings mean to him in this distant land. Where is Guadaloupe? Guadeloupe comprises two Caribbean islands in the Lesser Antilles. It is an overseas department of France and has a population of about 400,000....

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From Breslov To Uman: A Journal
Jul18

From Breslov To Uman: A Journal

The events in the following account of Rebbe Nachman’s move to Uman are true. All that we know about Rebbe Nachman’s life is based solely on Reb Noson’s writings, as none of the Rebbe’s other followers recorded anything for posterity. We have taken the liberty of telling the story of this journey as it might have been told by the Rebbe’s gabbai (personal attendant). The events of the Rebbe’s move can be found in Tzaddik...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 7 – The Shattering Of The Vessels
Mar28

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 7 – The Shattering Of The Vessels

In Part Seven of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the act of the shattering of the vessels containing Holy light and how this teaches us to “redesign” our thought processes in order to tackle what lies ahead. As the next stage in Creation, God formed Ten Sefirot to act as channels or filters to convey Hishates Light and Bounty. These Ten Sefirot were necessary tools in His plan, for without them, God’s Infinite Light would have...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 6 – The Vacated Space
Mar14

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 6 – The Vacated Space

In Part Six of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the idea of the world being devoid of Godliness, since God contracted Himself from that space to “make room” for the Creation. Following the creation of the first Tzimtzum, God continued to withdraw His presence and expand the size of the Vacated Space. Within that Vacated Space He proceeded to create, form and make the various worlds, of which there are five: Adam Kadmon (Primordial...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 5 – TzimTzum / Constriction
Feb28

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 5 – TzimTzum / Constriction

In Part Five of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore how God created the Universe and how this empowers our creative ability.  Before we expound on the following principles of the Kabbalah, we must recall the most important advisory issued by the Kabbalists: We must never attribute any physical form or shape either to God or to the spiritual worlds. All the anthropomorphic terminology mentioned in the Kabbalah is only employed to bring...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 4 – The Inner Workings of Creation
Feb21

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 4 – The Inner Workings of Creation

In Part Four of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the inner workings of the universe and how to tap into their awesome power.  IN THE BEGINNING: FIRST  THOUGHT To understand the inner workings of the universe and tap into their awesome power, we must go back to the beginning, to Creation. The Torah, which starts “in the beginning,” is our authoritative guide to what happened during the Seven Days of Creation. What...

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Let The Healing Begin
Feb16

Let The Healing Begin

I’m choosing to write about this for Parashat Shekalim because part of the story takes on a Shabbat Parashat Shekalim long ago, and because I had the privilege to be in Uman this week, to say the Tikkun HaKlali (General Rectification/Remedy) at Rebbe Nachman’s gravesite. For those of us who don’t know, the Tikkun HaKlali is a set of ten Psalms* that Rebbe Nachman prescribed to be said in the event of a “nocturnal emission” (onanism)....

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 3 – THE TOOLS
Feb16

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 3 – THE TOOLS

In Part Three of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the tools that we have received that will allow us to discover our inner potential.  Accessing the Kabbalah Notwithstanding the power of the Kabbalah, which contains the mysteries of Creation—indeed, of life itself—how can the average person find the answers he seeks in its study? Even a superficial study of the Kabbalah shows that most of its texts speak of God’s Names and their...

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Breslov Kabbalah: THE TOOLS Part 1 of 2
Feb15

Breslov Kabbalah: THE TOOLS Part 1 of 2

In Part Three of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the tools that we have received that will allow us to discover our inner potential. Knowing that we have potential is one thing. Being able to develop it is the next step. Just as precious metals like gold and diamonds must be extracted from the earth with specialized tools, we need proper tools to “mine” our depths in order to develop our potential. What are those tools? In the biblical...

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Breslov Kabbalah: Part 2 -THE POWER OF POTENTIAL
Feb09

Breslov Kabbalah: Part 2 -THE POWER OF POTENTIAL

In Part Two of Breslov Kabbalah, we explore the concept of  potential and learn how to apply it to our everyday lives. Everyone has potential. Enormous potential. When we develop our potential, we can transform it into great deeds and accomplishments. We can live a life of contentment. Our days will be filled with substance. Work, leisure time and all our daily routines can take on meaningful expression. What exactly is our potential?...

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The Breslov Kabbalah Series: Part 1 – Intro
Jan31

The Breslov Kabbalah Series: Part 1 – Intro

Rebbe Nachman once said: “I will take you on a new path—a path that has never before existed. It is indeed an ancient path. Yet it is completely new” (Tzaddik #264). The path that Rebbe Nachman revealed to his followers at the turn of the nineteenth century is just as applicable—if not more so—to those of us living in the twenty-first century. Now as then, people are confronted with so many challenges and obstacles to living the kind...

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A Chassidic Story (#17)
Oct30

A Chassidic Story (#17)

A Chassidic Story (#17) The Baal HaTanya, the founder of Lubavitch Chassidus, once wrote a letter to the Rebbe, Reb Zushia of Anipoli. In the heading of the letter, he addressed the Rebbe, Reb Zushia as sar haTorah, “the prince of the Torah.” His chassidim questioned about that. “Rebbe, it’s true that the Rebbe, Reb Zushia is a great tzaddik and one of the most devout people on the face of the earth. But sar haTorah is reserved for...

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Tetzaveh
Feb10

Dvar Torah for Parshat Tetzaveh

Dvar Torah for Parshat Tetzaveh Based on Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #23 “Make sacred clothing for Aharon your brother, for honor and eminence” (Exodus 28:2). The Rebbe then said, “Happy is the one worthy of eating many chapters of Mishnah and afterward drinking a number of psalms, and clothing himself with some mitzvot” (emphasis added). Allow me to share with you this passage, rendered from the holy Zohar (1:224a). “Come, look at...

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Finish The Work Started Over 200 Years Ago!

Dear Chaver (Friend) of Breslov Research Institute, After many years of hard work and tremendous help from the One Above, we are nearing completion of the multi-volume Likutey Moharan in English project. This is a milestone in Breslov Research Institute history. The series features full Hebrew-English text on facing pages, a running commentary based on traditional Breslov sources and profound, highly accessible notes drawing from the...

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ASK A BRESLOVER

Can I really do so much? Question: I have a question about what’s written in “Crossing The Narrow Bridge.” If Rebbie Nachman suggested that a good study program should consist of finishing the Shas with Rashi, Tosfos, Rabenu Asher, all the Midrashim, all the Zohar, all the writings of the Ari, and the Shulchan Aruch with all the mefarshim, is this really possible? Or is it possible maybe for only a handful of people....

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Talking to Myself about the Parsha

“God looked into the Torah and created the world” (Zohar 2:161b). Day One: Light and dark. Second Day: Upper waters and lower waters. Third Day: Seas and Continents/Dry Land; vegetation. God names/labels things and puts them where they belong. Maybe if I made a plan and organized my life I would also be able to accomplish something. Actually, the Zohar continues: Man looks into the Torah and maintains the world. Hmm. I...

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