Monthly Archives: June 2014

Azamra: See No Evil?

1269510_99507757In the first Azamra post, the Rebbe tells us that it’s a requirement—not an option—that we judge others favorably. We learn that when we do, we can literally change them from dark to light, from meritless to meritorious.

At the end of the last post, we posted questions from students (paraphrased). We’ll try answering these and others:

Shouldn’t we trust our own senses? If we see clearly that someone is evil, how can we pretend otherwise?


Doesn’t Judaism teach us (and common sense tell us) that it’s dangerous to ignore evil or give wickedness a pass, as this gives permission to do even more evil?

We cannot pretend evil doesn’t exist—it does. And, it’s true that it’s dangerous to ignore evil. Throughout the ages, continue reading post at (and please share!)


Think On This: Truth & Holiness

1018945_42096487Truth is the face of all the other faces of holiness. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov


My Favorite Rebbe Nachman Story: The Sophisticate & The Simpleton

Leon Kroll Rondout NY 1920One of the biggest obstacles in the search for truth is other people, especially those who make fun of religion with sophisticated jokes… –The Advice Book

My current favorite Breslov tale is The Sophisticate and the Simpleton.(My favorite tale of Rebbe Nachman’s is always the one I’m reading at the moment.)

It’s easy to find parallel themes in the lessons in Likutey Moharan and the Rebbe’s stories. In class and b’chavrusa, we’ve been discussing how to have authentic, positive relationships. Especially with one’s self. The discussions are based on the quintessential Breslov teaching, lesson 282 in Likutey Moharan, known as Azamra.

At the end of the Azamra talk, we’ve been reading aloud from The Sophisticate and the Simpleton. This important yet humorous  story offers a fascinating counterpoint and commentary on some of the themes of Azamra.

The Sophisticate

The Sophisticate is an expert in business, philosophy, and medicine. Continue reading My Favorite Rebbe Nachman Story: The Sophisticate & The Simpleton

A Little Bit Of Azamra

Breslov WomanThis new series, which will be posted on (hopefully each week) is on the quintessential teaching of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov called Azamra (lesson 282 in Likutey Moharan.)

In Azamra, the Rebbe reveals how developing the ability to judge yourself and others favorably,leads to true joy. He explains how this joy leads to genuine spiritual connection. In Azamra, the Rebbe also shows us how we can create the true and holy melody of our soul’s return. He also illustrates the role of the Tzaddik, and much more.

The series will be based on past and present classes and chavrusas on the topic, and the plan is to include questions and comments from women that are relevant and interesting. So, if you can’t make it to class, be sure to look for the Azamra series at

From the Azamra series:

Know and Understand!

A person must judge everyone favorably. Even if someone is completely bad, it is necessary to search and find in him some modicum of good; the little bit of him that is not wicked. And by finding in him a drop of good and judging him favorably, one brings him to return to the true path of his Jewish soul. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Likutey Moharan, 282

Azamra, as Likutey Moharan 282 is known, is a foundational teaching of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, one so life-changing, that Breslovers learn it over and over again, often throughout their lives. But, you don’t have to be an avowed Breslover to benefit from the incredible powerful message of this soul-stirring lesson.

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The Radiance Of Shabbat

1285440_18514244Shabbos spreads its influence over all the worlds and sends the light of its radiance to every level, bringing healing to the soul and the body.—Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Good Shabbos

tetsis panayiotis greek 1925Want to meet some terrific women and spend an evening learning, connecting, and sharing a powerful discussion?

The Breslov class on relationships (with others, with yourself, and with God) will be continuing this Monday night with a discussion of part two of Azamra, Likutey Moharan, 282:2

Class will be held at 8:30 pm in Boro Park, Brooklyn. Please email me for location:

Can’t make it to the class? Watch for a new series on a personal view of the wisdom of Azamra, starting soon at

Shavuos Joy

54084_1994The joy we have on the three major festivals (Pesach, Shavuos, and Sukkos) can give us a share in the Inner Light of God. This brings new life to the soul and the mind, through which we gain our perception of God. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

We are required to be joyful. In fact, as Rebbe Nachman teaches, Mitzvah gedolah, l’hiyos b’simcha tamid* — It is a big mitzvah to be happy, always.

The three festivals and Shabbos are the times when is easiest to experience joyful, spiritual energy. But how much joy can a person have? Isn’t there a limit?

No. The type of true joy that you experience on the holidays is limitless, says the Rebbe. This joy’s actually made up of all the joy of the mitzvos you’ve done all year long.



*This saying has been turned into a popular song.