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

Fed Up With Someone’s Dastardly Deeds? Take The Cosmic Way Out

Constellation_Fornax,_EXtreme_Deep_FieldFrustrated with someone? Feeling hurt or fed up? Angry or let down? Finding it hard to give them the benefit of the doubt?

Jewish law requires that you not hate your brother (or sister) in your heart. This means you shouldn’t nurse a grudge. If someone has done something that bothers you, you should speak to them and tell them what’s bothering you. Give them the chance to ask for your forgiveness or correct things. They might be very willing to do so. You might even find that the slight was completely unintentional. And even if they don’t seem to care, at least you tried.

But there’s another approach to fulfilling this halacha. Continue reading Fed Up With Someone’s Dastardly Deeds? Take The Cosmic Way Out

The Spiritual Birthright Of A Jew

1437400_22520526This week’s post is on Parshas Toldos, but before I begin I’d like to say I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile and tell you that there’s a good reason: It’s because I’ve been working on some exciting projects. Continue reading The Spiritual Birthright Of A Jew

Slipping On An Invisible Banana Peel

Banana_PeelWhile learning Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s most famous lesson, Azamra (LM 1, 282), with a newish learning partner, we came across the section which says when a person begins to take a good hard look at herself, she is liable to find that she has so many flaws, and such an absence of good deeds, that the forces of negativity hijack her self-condemnation and use it to push her into a bleak depression (G-d forbid).

And in fact, depression is a real pitfall of examining oneself with too much harshness. But, we still must examine ourselves if we want to grow. Continue reading Slipping On An Invisible Banana Peel