Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is well-known for his stories, his teachings, and the incredible ability he has to touch and lift-up the deepest part of us. Continue reading
The sukkah is a segulah for having children.
The sukkah brings relief from troubles and conflict.
Falsehood is cast aside and truth has the upper hand.
The true Teacher of the generation is revealed and the entire world comes back to God and worships him with total unity.
Rebbe Nachman, Likutey Eitzos, Advice
On this day the heart is quieted.
Our desire is for God alone.
All kinds of disputes, spiritual or material, are resolved.
Peace comes bringing happiness and joy.
—Likutey Eitzos, The Advice Book
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov makes a chain from five links of the inner Yom Kippur experience.
The first insight the Rebbe gives us is one of wonder: he tells us that the holy fast day of Yom Kippur is so charged with vitality that it actually gives life to all the other days. On this dynamic day our heart, however, is quieted, subdued. The lifeblood pumping heart is may be gentled, but the day itself gives life.
Feelings of the Heart
In popular culture when the heart pumps most fiercely, it is celebrated in music, art, and literature. The nations’ hearts spark and flare over intimate relationships, politics, war, and sports. Passion, intensity, and desire are admired. The general world ethos of the role of the heart fuels a multi-billion dollar music industry, from indie to Latin to opera, not to mention other art, entertainment, team sports, politics, and war.
Judaism values the the intense feelings of the heart, but in the form of Continue reading
Rosh Hashana 5775
A conversation about the basics of returning to your true self, you can’t have humility without healthy self-esteem, shame, making sense of pain, loss and suffering, sadness and depression, the work of joy, achieving faith, and Rosh Hashana. With pertinent questions from class participants.
Breslov Basics MP3
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How can you pray if you don’t believe that God is listening and that you are important to Him?
You can’t. Continue reading
On the New Year, we are judged and awarded (or not), all the ‘stuff of life’ in this world—life, health, wealth and sustenance for the coming year. What we’re given depends not only on our actions during the past year, but also on how effectively we judge ourselves on this day, and open our hearts to God. Continue reading
My Rosh Hashanah is something completely new. And, God knows it’s not something I inherited from my fathers. God Himself gave me the gift of knowing what Rosh Hashanah really is. That all of you are dependent on my Rosh Hashanah goes without saying. The entire world depends on my Rosh Hashanah. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Q. I’ve heard that there are women who go on Rosh Hashanah and I really want to.
A. There are some women who do go to Uman on Rosh Hashana. There are however several good reasons not to go: Continue reading