Tu B’Shevat

Fruit_Stall_in_Barcelona_MarketThe Talmud (Taanis 8b) instructs us that when a person enters the barn to measure the new grain crop he should say the blessing: May it be Your will Lord our God, that You send blessing on the work of our hands. Then he begins to measure and says: Blessed be He who sends blessing into this pile of grain.

But if the person first measured the grain and only then recited the blessing, then his prayer is in vain. That’s because blessing can’t be found in something that’s already weighed out, measured or counted, but only in something hidden, something not yet assessed, or which the eye cannot see.

The concept of hiding what is precious to us until the appropriate season (time and place) when it is ready to blossom and fruit, is a concept that permeates the Jewish way of life. A baby is hidden inside her mother until it’s time to be born. A soul mate remains undetectable until Continue reading Tu B’Shevat

Rebbe Nachman Shows Us How To Get Close To God

free_israel_photos_places_nekarot_stars_640…You must strive for awareness of the Creator so much so that your heart is filled with incredible awe-fear of the Greatness of God and that you are aroused to serve Him with true devotion because you have some knowledge and appreciation of how Exalted He is.

The way to achieve this true devotion and appreciation is through prayerful meditation and reflection: taking stock of yourself, evaluating yourself, and weighing each of your actions. This is the path to reach the “light that is a treasure for the righteous.”  — Likutey Eitzos (Advice); (free translation)

Why does Rebbe Nachman of Breslov teach us that we need to evaluate ourselves in order to appreciate Hashem’s (God’s) greatness and come closer to His Treasury of Light for the Righteous?  Continue reading Rebbe Nachman Shows Us How To Get Close To God

Truth And Joy Vs. Esau’s Yes-Man

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Faith and truth are a shining face. They are joy and life. They are the gateway to length of days. 

But, falsehood shortens the days of a person’s life. Falsehood is death and idolatry, a dark face. 

—Likutey Eitzos, Collection of Rebbe Nachman’s Advice Compiled by Reb Nosson

Immersing yourself in the deeply-true teachings of Breslov Chassidus is life-changing. Want more? Have a conversation* with Hashem about the particular lesson you’re learning—it can bring you to a higher level of awareness and joy.

But, in order to really apply what you are learning to your life, you must be honest about the truths you are learning. It also helps to be honest about yourself.

Is it worth it?  Continue reading Truth And Joy Vs. Esau’s Yes-Man

Get Rid Of Anger, Fear, and Depression Through The Psycho-Spiritual Teachings Of Breslov

1439453_50219415 Rebbe Nachman of Breslov tells us that anger is an overbearing obstacle to psycho-spiritual growth and understanding. In Likutey Eitzos (Collected Advice), the Rebbe says:

Anger and unkindness arise when people’s understanding is limited. The deeper their understanding the more their anger disappears, and kindness, love and peace spread. This is why the study of Torah, which deepens the understanding, brings love and peace into the world and banishes anger.

Anger finds it’s roots in a variety of flawed beliefs and feelings about God, the World, other people, and yourself. Continue reading Get Rid Of Anger, Fear, and Depression Through The Psycho-Spiritual Teachings Of Breslov

Double Jeopardy: Be Your OWN Judge And Jury And Be Free Of Fear

1540285_854165984600221_5388403622958219642_o“…when a person does judge himself, then the judgment passed on high is annulled and he need not fear of be afraid of anything, since his judgment isn’t “clothed” in anything else.

“For he has already nullified the judgments on himself by judging himself on his own…

“In this way, a person elevates fear to its source so that he will fear only God and nothing else…”

—Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Likutey Moharan, Lesson 15

One of the essential parts of hisbodedus, prayerful meditation in which an individual speaks to Hashem in her own voice, is learning to reflect on and evaluate our personal actions, words, and thoughts.

In order to evaluate ourselves with any sense of objectivity (and not be overly negative or unrealistic), it is important Continue reading Double Jeopardy: Be Your OWN Judge And Jury And Be Free Of Fear