Before quantum physicists discussed it, before pop psychologists packaged and sold it, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov explained that the power of our thoughts is so great, it creates our reality. Continue reading
It is heartbreaking to hear of Jewish boys going to do battle in a place where terrorists set up shop in mosques, schools, and hospitals. It is revolting to think of the terrorists using children as human shields. It is agonizing to learn of the pointless deaths which occur because Jewish defense forces are trying to do the impossible in this defensive war: route out terrorists, yet preserve civilian lives.
Could the deaths of both Jews and Arabs have been prevented if us Jews truly recognized the special purpose of the Land of Israel and held it close to our hearts?
Yes, I believe so. Continue reading
Today is the fast day of the 17th of Tammuz which begins the period of mourning and introspection called the Three Weeks. It’s a good time to take stock and think about how each of us can make the world as well as our own, personal lives, better.
The more we move towards positive spirituality, the more the world does, too. The more we improve our relationships with each other, ourselves, and God, the more the world moves towards Peace and Wholeness.
No effort is wasted. Every step you take to reach your spiritual potential, counts.
The yetzer hara (the negative inclination) has a tendency to yank us down into depression, where we become overwhelmed with our own baggage, leading to spiritual inertia.
Or, the yetzer hara leads us to dump our negative stuff on others (projection), so we can blame them instead of dealing with it ourselves. Continue reading
Often translated as “the World will be built with kindness”, Psalm 89 implies that kindness is the ultimate act of Creation, and kindness continues to sustain the World.
Without the constant creative and sustaining flow of love, we’d be left with Justice, and Creation couldn’t survive with strict Justice—we’d shrivel up under its exacting accounting.
Everything new begins with Chesed, kindness, including the beginning of everything Continue reading
Azamra helps us navigate challenges that, with a modicum of honesty, we can clearly comprehend, and if we so choose, work to improve in those areas.
Ayeh helps us understand and deal with problems that are often obscured by darkness, constricted consciousness, and emotional pain. Continue reading
Breslovers are always talking about finding your good points.
If you focus so much on your good points you’ll probably turn into an egomaniac.
Whatever happened to humility?
Amazing! This important question was asked (in slightly different words) by a learning partner as well as someone attending a recent class. Clearly your concern is shared by others.
Finding and focusing on your good points cannot lead to arrogance or narcissism if the good points you focus are nourished by emes, truth.
Truth in this case requires an awareness of Continue reading
We’ll continue with two questions from the last Azamra post:
Why are we asked to make a judgment at all, positive or negative, about others? Why does Hashem arrange for us to “stand in judgment” of each other?
Rebbe Nachman tells us that everything that we see, hear, and experience as we live each day contributes to our spiritual growth. What we see or hear concerning other people is no exception.
The holy Baal Shem Tov said that, “Before a Heavenly decree is passed against a person, the person himself whom the decree concerns is asked about it.”*
If the person who is facing the Heavenly judgment agrees with the Heavenly court that the decree should be passed—it is passed. In other words, our own “ruling” determines what happens; our own judgment about our actions decides the consequences we must face.
But Nobody Asked Me. Or Did They?
Now, if you’re like most people, Continue reading