This Coming Sunday, Extend Your Chanukah Glow and Join Us for:
What’s My Life Mission?
A Talk Based On the Powerful Teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
What Will We Discover?
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov said that the best way to approach life is with simplicity, joy, and truth. Yet, many of us have burning questions about what our true life path is. With Hashem’s help, we’ll use the holy teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov to answer the following questions and more:
Why am I here?
What is the ultimate goal of my life?
How do I achieve this and other important goals?
How can I tell that if I am making the best possible choices for me?
How do I know what will make me truly happy?
Where should I go to get the best advice?
DATE: This coming Sunday, 5 Tevet-December 8th
TIME: 1:00 (afternoon)
PLACE: The Home of Mrs. Rivka Sara (Belinda) Borukhov, Director of Outreach for BreslovWoman.org
Rego Park (Queens, NY)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for address and directions
(This shiur will also be repeated Monday night, I”yH, in Brooklyn. Limited seating. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.)
Also, join us in Brooklyn for tonight’s class: Why The Greeks Don’t Eat Latkes
Through the mitzvah of lighting the Chanukah candles, God’s honor radiates forth, and is uplifted and magnified in the world… —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Chanukah is often a presented as a “not very important” holiday. Common wisdom has it that Chanukah only receives attention because it occurs in the same season as non-Jewish holidays.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading
Every individual knows her own personal pain and sorrow and the distance that separates herself from God. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
How can we make the distance between us and God less? Each of the following is a vital step towards connection:
Learning Torah in general and the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in particular
Sharing what we’ve learned with others (and vice versa)
Doing mitzvos and good deeds
The first, learning, is one way to begin to commune with and understand your deepest, truest, self. We need to know who we are(and who we are in a larger context), in order to connect with others. Continue reading
To find joy is the hardest thing of all. It is harder than all other spiritual tasks…Put all your energy into being happy. — Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
The Rebbe tells us that, if need be, we should force ourselves to be happy.
Of course, this advice is not politically correct. From today’s psychological viewpoint, forcing yourself to be happy is wrong. It’s denial. Better to be miserable. Continue reading
Someone recently mentioned that there are people who “get high off your misery.”
Could she be right? Are there people who enjoy seeing others suffer or fail? Sadly, yes.
Fierce competition, which may lead to schadenfreude, is embedded in the Western consciousness. Certainly, it’s part of our popular culture, and finds a home in spectator sports, academia, and the media.
Even Especially in political opinion pieces written by some of our most esteemed journalists and pundits.
Of course, this all trickles down to everyday life.
Just as sad is the fact there are also people who feel miserable when someone else succeeds, even someone they consider a friend. Jealousy consumes them. They metaphorically “eat their heart out,” whenever a friend receives revealed blessings or achieves spiritual or material success. Continue reading
At a Jewish wedding and other happy times, while the band plays an upbeat melody, the guests form a circle and dance.
Once in a while they might spot a downcast person standing in the corner, perhaps unable to chase her personal troubles from her mind. The others will reach out and grab her, pulling her to her feet and forcing her to join them in their joyful dance. As her feet move faster and faster, she claps her hands and begins to smile at the other smiling faces. She’s transformed.
It is very good to set one’s dark bitterness and suffering aside and be happy, even for awhile.
But Rebbe Nachman of Brelsov tells us there is something even greater than setting our sorrow aside (although this is indeed an admirable achievement): Pursue and grab hold of your “sadness and sighing”. Bring them—against their will—into the circle dance of happiness and “introduce them to joy” so that they are actually transformed into joy.
Gloominess and depression are persistent tricksters, rooted in the side of evil, but happiness is holy. So if you want to lift those stubborn shysters up into the side of holiness, you may have to force them, dragging them with you into the holy dance of happiness.
Based on Likutey Moharan Tinyana (II), Lesson 24
Regardless of where a person has fallen, she should never despair and believe that she cannot cry out to God. In His greatness, God has the power to turn everything to good.
—Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s teachings are, among other things, a comprehensive, holistic self-actualization system.
Breslov Chassidus offers profound variations on numerous themes, ranging from practical to spiritual, from earthy to intellectually elegant. Though the ramifications are cosmic, each lesson is also personal.
While it’s true that each is part of a larger whole, each lesson, analysis, meditation, and prayer is important in its own right.
Even a little bit of Breslov has the power to set off spiritual rumblings that may shake the foundations of your deepest self. After only a brief period of learning Breslov, you’ll begin to understand the holy source of your soul, the value of the true you—and this understanding is essential to living a meaningful life.
If you are an ambitious self-starter, you can being with Meir Elkabas’ excellent Breslov Therapy guide, a how-to on creating your own self-development program.
But what if you want something a bit simpler? I ran this 3 step program by Reb Elkabas and he gave his enthusiastic approval. Continue reading
There may be times when the only way to make yourself happy is by doing something silly or making jokes. There are so many troubles people have to go through physically and spiritually (trying to make a living, and so on), that in many cases the only way they can make themselves happy is by doing something silly and acting a bit meshuga.
The whole vitality of the body and soul depend on being happy.
—Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
It is important to be honest about your flaws, but it is even more important to recognize and pay attention to your good points. Even if you have to send out a search party to find your good points, do it.
Seek and identify all the good deeds, kind acts, faith and belief, talents, and other fine attributes you possess. These reflect your TRUE self. Name them and say them aloud. Write them down.
The Rebbe teaches that we are where are thoughts are. If your thoughts are on your best possible self, your past good deeds and your highest potential, that becomes your reality.