Rebbe Nachman of Breslov tells us that anger is an overbearing obstacle to psycho-spiritual growth and understanding. In Likutey Eitzos (Collected Advice), the Rebbe says:
Anger and unkindness arise when people’s understanding is limited. The deeper their understanding the more their anger disappears, and kindness, love and peace spread. This is why the study of Torah, which deepens the understanding, brings love and peace into the world and banishes anger.
Anger finds it’s roots in a variety of flawed beliefs and feelings about God, the World, other people, and yourself. Continue reading Get Rid Of Anger, Fear, and Depression Through The Psycho-Spiritual Teachings Of Breslov
“…when a person does judge himself, then the judgment passed on high is annulled and he need not fear of be afraid of anything, since his judgment isn’t “clothed” in anything else.
“For he has already nullified the judgments on himself by judging himself on his own…
“In this way, a person elevates fear to its source so that he will fear only God and nothing else…”
—Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Likutey Moharan, Lesson 15
One of the essential parts of hisbodedus, prayerful meditation in which an individual speaks to Hashem in her own voice, is learning to reflect on and evaluate our personal actions, words, and thoughts.
In order to evaluate ourselves with any sense of objectivity (and not be overly negative or unrealistic), it is important Continue reading Double Jeopardy: Be Your OWN Judge And Jury And Be Free Of Fear
Frustrated with someone? Feeling hurt or fed up? Angry or let down? Finding it hard to give them the benefit of the doubt?
Jewish law requires that you not hate your brother (or sister) in your heart. This means you shouldn’t nurse a grudge. If someone has done something that bothers you, you should speak to them and tell them what’s bothering you. Give them the chance to ask for your forgiveness or correct things. They might be very willing to do so. You might even find that the slight was completely unintentional. And even if they don’t seem to care, at least you tried.
But there’s another approach to fulfilling this halacha. Continue reading Fed Up With Someone’s Dastardly Deeds? Take The Cosmic Way Out
This week’s post is on Parshas Toldos, but before I begin I’d like to say I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile and tell you that there’s a good reason: It’s because I’ve been working on some exciting projects. Continue reading The Spiritual Birthright Of A Jew