Dvar Torah for Post-Chanukah

Dvar Torah for Post-Chanukah Based on Sichot HaRan (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom) #1 By Ozer Bergman Multiple-Choice Quiz: Are your Chanukah candles still burning? A) No B) Yes C) Don’t know D) Unable to answer The correct answer is any and all of them. Allow me to explain. Your physical Chanukah candles have certainly burnt out [...]

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Dvar Torah Parshat Vayeishev

Based on Likutey MoHaran II, #108 and #110; Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #114 “The wife of Yosef’s employer had her eye on him. She said to him, ‘Sleep with me.’ He refused...She spoke to Yosef daily, but he wouldn’t listen to her...She grabbed him by his clothing saying, ‘Sleep with me.’ He left it with her [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Vayetze

Based on Chayei Moharan (Tzaddik) #349 “...[Yaakov] took stones from the place and placed them at his head and lay down...” (Genesis 28:11). Rashi comments: He arranged them around his head, like a bunker, because he was afraid of wild animals. The stones started to argue with one another, each one saying, “The tzaddik should [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Toldot

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Sefer Torah 4:14–27 In brief, here is the story of why Esav was unfit to be part of the budding Jewish nation. Esav, the firstborn, has a busy morning committing murder, immorality and idolatry, and returns to the family tent exhausted. Avraham Avinu (our patriarch) has passed away and Yaakov Avinu—Esav’s [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Chayei Sarah

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson #14 “The life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years; the years of Sarah’s life” (Genesis 23:1). There’s a lot of humility in this week’s parshah. Avraham Avinu (our Patriarch) twice humbles himself to the locals (Genesis 23: 7, 12); Eliezer bows to God [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaYera

Based on Sichot Haran (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom) #22 “When God destroyed the cities of the plain, God remembered Avraham and sent Lot from amidst the upheaval...” (Genesis 19:29). A Midrash on this verse (Tanchuma, VaYera #9) comments, “Even when the Holy, Blessed One is angry, He has compassion.” It immediately continues, “[On Shabbat] one may [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Lekh Lekha

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Hashkamat HaBoker 1:13 Let me ask you a question? If you had a big fight—I mean a fight so big that the town wasn’t big enough for the both of you—with your nephew, or your brother-in-law, would you care what happened to him? Probably not. But Avraham Avinu (our patriarch) was [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Noach

Based on Likutey Moharan II, Lesson #7 “God said to Noach...‘Build yourself an ark...’” (Genesis 6:13–14). Noach’s Ark is Yom Kippur (Tikkuney Zohar #6, p. 22a). If you live in Eretz Yisrael, you already know that Chanukah is in the air. The local maqolet (grocery store) is already selling sufganiyot (deep-fried jelly donuts)—even though Chanukah [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat VaEtchanan

Based on Likutey Moharan II, Lesson #78 “At that time I [Moshe] pleaded with God, saying” (Deuteronomy 3:23). This is the lesson in which Rebbe Nachman makes one of his most famous pronouncements: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DESPAIR! And how does he know this? From the history of the world. In Likutey Halakhot [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Balak

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Melamdim 4:6 Remember what Amalek did to you b’derekh, on the road, when you left Egypt (Deuteronomy 25:17). One of the leaders of Breslover chassidim today, Rebbe Yaakov Meir Schechter (may he live and be well), once pointed out that Rebbe Nachman’s two major works open in a similar vein. The [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Chukat

Based on Chayei Moharan #83* At the beginning of the summer of 5564/1804 Rebbe Nachman prefaced the following vision by saying, “I will tell you what I saw. And you tell your children.” We present here the beginning of that vision, with some of Reb Noson’s corresponding comments. There was someone lying on the ground, [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Korach

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson #24:2 “Let Korach and his entire party...offer ketoret (incense)...each one took his fire pan...and offered ketoret...Moshe then said to Aharon, ‘Take the fire pan...offer ketoret and take it quickly to the community to atone for them” (Numbers 16:16, 18; ibid. 17:11). Kelipot (literally, shells, husks) is a generic name [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat BeHaalotekha

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson 4:8–9 “There were some impure people who were [therefore] unable to make the Pesach sacrifice on that day. They approached Moshe and Aharon that same day. They said to [Moshe], ‘We are impure. Why should be worse than the other Jews and not be allowed to bring an offering [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Behar-Bechukoti

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson #191 “If you follow My laws and are careful to keep my mitzvot, I will provide you with rain...the land will bear its crops, the trees...will provide fruit...threshing season will last until your grape harvest...I will grant peace in the land...you will continue eating the previous year’s crops...and will [...]

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Weekly Parsha

Based on Likutey Halakhot, Chukat HaAkum 2:6–7 Dvar Torah for Parshat Ki Tisa “God said to Moshe...ki tisa et rosh, when you take a census (literally, ‘when you lift the head’) of the Israelites...each shall give an atonement offering...everyone included...must give a half-shekel...” (Exodus 30:11–12). Lifting your head, writes Reb Noson, means cutting through the [...]

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Dvar Torah for Parshat Bo

Based on Likutey Moharan I, Lesson #54 “Moshe said, ‘God said, “About midnight I will make Myself known in Egypt and every firstborn in Egypt will die”...’” (Exodus 11:4–5). “At midnight I awake to thank You...” (Psalms 119:62). Did David know and Moshe not know [when midnight was]?! David had a harp hanging over his [...]

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