The 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.
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.
But Rebbe Nachman’s teachings reveal Continue reading Keep It Spiritually Simple
This question and others (such as “Why do we suffer?”) have plagued humankind since time immemorial.
There are Kabbalistic discussions about the existence of evil, but the most powerful and life-changing answer is that evil exists in order to offer contrast with good.
The existence of evil enables us to Continue reading Why Does Evil Exist?
We have just a few spots left on the BRI First Women’s Trip to Uman–and I’d like to personally invite you to join an exceptional group of women as we travel together to the Tzaddik.
(Airfare prices are holding!)