A Sweet New Year

pomegranate_dsw-1In Class 3 of Rosh Hashanah On My Mind we prepare for the Yom Tov with a discussion of how we can tap into the power of our own thoughts, and continuing with real-life tips on how to apply the teachings of Likutey Moharan II, Lesson 94. (Fast forward to the 5 minute mark–the BRI/BreslovCampus assistant had no time to edit this video.)

Good Shabbos and Kesiva V’Chasima Tova, may you be blessed with a Very Sweet Year.

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Rosh Hashanah On My Mind-Video

Rosh Hashanah On My Mind is based on a short but pithy lesson of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in Likutey Moharan II. ( Lesson 94. ) This lesson focuses on the second and third “roshim” (heads) that come together on Rosh Hashanah; the three Kabbalistic dimensions; what to focus on during Rosh Hashanah; practical steps we can take on Rosh Hashanah; and the power of joy.

Here’s class two of the three-part course. It’s easy to follow along, and I give a brief overview of the first class at the beginning. Class one had technical difficulties and didn’t record, but I created an 8 minute video overview of class one which you can view on the course page.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/183420811″>ROSH HASHANAH ON MY MIND – class 2</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/breslovdotorg”>Breslov Research Institute</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

An Unforgettable Uman Experience. This November. For Women.

3a57f3be-7ab8-41bf-9449-8f2f42dfc929_zpsgbj8vpkzThis November 6 – 10
BRI & Breslov Campus Invite You To Join

The Women’s Uman Experience

*Book before October 1st & Get a Special, All-inclusive Price »$1349 RT from US or $849 RT from Israel 

This Rosh Hashanah, tens of thousands of men from around the world will gather together in Uman. They’ll forge deep connections with each other and the Tzaddik.

We know that women also want and need the Uman experience. That’s why last summer, the First Breslov Research Institute’s Women’s Mission to Uman was launched.

What a wonderful journey we made togetherthe friendships, the spirituality, the joy!

Would you like to experience Uman this fall?

Now, you can. You’re cordially invited to join an *exclusive group of women on the November BRI-Breslov Campus Women’s Uman Experience this November 6-10.

You’ll experience spiritual healing, blessings and heartfelt prayers by the gravesites of Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, the Baal Shem Tov in Mezhibuzh, Reb Noson in Breslov, and of course, Rebbe Nachman in Uman. You’ll connect to Hashem in an uplifting workshop on hitbodedut (Jewish meditative prayer) and walk where Rebbe Nachman himself once tread. You’ll storm the Heavens with a powerful group Tikkun Haklali at the Rebbe’s gravesite. Everyone’s welcome, including beginners.

Included in the special price of just $1349-$849

  • Roundtrip airfare from New York City’s JFK or Tel Aviv
  • All ground transportation in Ukraine
  • Guided tour of the gravesites of Tzaddikim
  • Delicious kosher meals, snacks, and beverages
  • Clean and comfortable lodgings
  • Guided tour, workshops, and group gatherings with BRI and BreslovCampus’ Chaya Rivka Zwolinski
  • Additional guest teacher will be added if trip sells out

*This is a smaller, more intimate group—space is limited. Must book before October 1st to get the 1349/849 price.  Leave from the USA/Canada November 6, Leave from Europe/Israel November 7

For questions or if you’d like to book, email me, Chaya Rivka Z. at UmanWomen@Breslov.org 

Don’t miss this spiritually rewarding opportunity—space is limited! For the experience of a lifetime, one that will touch your heart and lift your soul, reserve your space today.

Here’s what some of the incredible women who joined us on the BRI Women’s Uman Experience visit to the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman and other Tzaddikim had to say:

The group dynamic was beautiful…quite unified, non-judgmental, and cohesive. It also felt like a giant hug.
Fonda Roth, Toronto

The first BRI women’s trip to Ukraine was simply incredible. I constantly said to Hashem, “If we had to go home now, it already would have been worthwhile,” and then an hour later, it had gotten even better. The whole journey was a constant dayenu.
Rachel Goldsmith, NYC

You absolutely nailed it. Accommodations, food, transport, and oh, yeah, kedusha too.
S. R., NYC

The trip was and still is a precious time.
Diana Korzenik, Boston

Thank you for the spiritual adventure of a lifetime.
Brenda Borenstein, Toronto

The Uman adventure was amazing, especially the feeling of unity and support for each other. I was doubtful that this cohesion was possible in such a large group – but it did happen, and it was a miracle! … among other miracles of this trip. Now it seems like a dream – but also a vision of a possibility of Jewish unity and togetherness in service to Hashem.
Rivka Weinstein, Maine

Amazing! Love all the new ideas coming forth from this trip.
Miriam Chava Kramer, Boston

 

Photos by Rachel Goldsmith (Outdoor Paintings on Wall, Uman)

Wrapping Your Head Around Rosh Hashana

Starting this Monday night, September 12, you’re invited to a new, three-week class, Rosh Hashanah On My Mind, live on BreslovCampus.org with Chaya Rivka Zwolinski.

8:00 PM Eastern time, 5:00 PM Pacific time.

Rebbe Nachman famously said: My very essence is Rosh Hashana. It’s therefore no surprise that Breslov Chassidut is packed with teachings on the head of the Jewish year. In this class we focus on the motif of the head, especially as it pertains to making a fresh start to your year—and your life.

Topics include:
The three heads that come together on Rosh Hashana
The Tzaddik, the head of the Children of Israel
The Head of the Year
It is all in Your Head: Gathering your thoughts and settling your mind
The seven lamps of the head
The Three Dimensions
New beginnings and joy

Monday, Sept. 12th – Sept. 26th (3 weeks)

Main Text: Likutey Moharan II, Lesson 94 and other Breslov sources

Video About The Relationship Work We Need To Do

Turning Hatred Into Love by BreslovCampus.org from Breslov Research Institute on Vimeo.

Turning Hatred Into Love at BreslovCampus.org

children-holding-handsThe destruction of the Second Temple was due to sinas chinam, baseless hatred, say our sages.

*But they also give other reasons, which if examined, all can be seen to be rooted in a lack of love for others, for self, or even Hashem.

In fact, the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile has important lessons to teach us about own personal exile, and the multiple spiritual journeys each of us needs to complete, in this lifetime, G-d willing.

In Turning Hatred Into Love, live on BreslovCampus.org this Wednesday night, August 10, at 8:30 pm (NY time), we begin with Rebbe Nachman’s short story “Simplicity”. We’ll discuss our own personal uniqueness (a vital topic in Breslov) in the context of ahavas Yisrael and unity. We’ll be able to reflect on what our heartfelt feelings about others can tell us about our own spiritual state (Azamra.) We’ll find that repairing our relationships (even if only possible within our hearts), is essential to our personal as well as national redemption.

Please join me at BreslovCampus.org for this live discussion relevant to The 9 Days and Tisha B’av.

Chaya Rivka Z. Continue reading Turning Hatred Into Love at BreslovCampus.org

Keep It Spiritually Simple

backlit-flowers-1183534“The greatest wisdom of all is not to be clever at all. It is simply to be pure and straightforward.” —Advice, Rebbe Nachman

We live in a world of extremes. Extreme immorality and extreme violence. Extreme cynicism and extreme ignorance. Extreme fear and extreme hopelessness.

Sometimes it seems the only antidote to such powerful negativity is extreme asceticism and discipline in the form of stringent or complicated religious practices.

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