Category Archives: Azamra

You NEED to Experience Joy on Rosh Chodesh Adar

azamra22305843009295801803Mishenichnas Adar Marbim BeSimcha! When Adar Comes, Joy Increases!

Special announcement from BRI’s Yossi Katz.

Please share with your friends, colleagues, mom, sisters, and daughters.

Dear Friend,

This coming Sunday, February 26, you’re invited to join the Breslov Research Insitute (BRI) at the JCC of Manhattan as we host three popular Breslov teachers for a life-changing afternoon of self-discovery with healing Chassidic meditation, art, and song, for women only.

Azamra: Hearing the Song of Your Soul
An Afternoon of Self-Discovery with Healing Chassidic Meditation, Art and Music

Come for a creative afternoon of exciting Chassidic workshops based on the joyful wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Experience the power of Chassidic meditation, art, and song. Uncover unique healing insights you can build on. Gain self-knowledge. Take home doable ideas for a personal spiritual practice that will work in your life.

Program starts 1 pm at the JCC in Manhattan. Reserve Online Now at the JCC Manhattan or call 646.505.5700 to reserve your space.

Beginners through advanced participants are welcome. Kosher snacks served.

Workshops will be led by popular Breslov teachers including:

Chaya Rivka Zwolinski (BRI, BreslovWoman, BreslovCampus, teacher, coach, and writer)

 Atara Grenadir (Touro College Professor and Art Therapist)

Fraidy Katz (Choir Director)

For questions, please email or call 732-534-7263 at the Breslov Research Insitute or use the comments section, below.

You’re Invited: Azamra for Women in NYC

azamra22305843009295801803You’re invited to a special Breslov event just for women on Sunday, February 26th at the JCC of Manhattan.
Azamra: Hearing the Song of Your Soul
An Afternoon of Self-Discovery with Healing Chassidic Meditation, Art and Music for women

Date: Sunday, February 26th  Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Place: The JCC of Manhattan at 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St, New York City 

Come for a creative afternoon of Chassidic workshops based on the joyful wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Experience the power of Chassidic meditation, art, and song. Uncover unique healing insights you can build on. Gain self-knowledge. Take home doable ideas for a personal spiritual practice that will work in your life.

Save money and reserve online now. Or call the JCC to register 646.505.5708 or Susie Kessler, Director of Makom at the JCC, directly. 646.505.5726

Online registration is $40 per person. Price at the door will be $50.

Beginners through advanced participants are welcome. Kosher snacks served.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan & Breslov Research Institute

Continue reading You’re Invited: Azamra for Women in NYC

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.

But Rebbe Nachman’s teachings reveal Continue reading Keep It Spiritually Simple

Esther’s Quiet Victory–Purim By The Light Of Azamra

childs-objects-1418505Purim is about concealment and that which is concealed. The Megillah, which we read twice on Purim, is named after Queen Esther. Esther manifested a character trait that embodies hiddenness, that most misunderstood of traits–modesty. Esther’s modesty was notably expressed by her special ability to know when to keep silent and when not to.

Kept for all intents and purposes as a prisoner in King Achashveirosh’s harem, Esther remained silent while she waited for the most opportune time to reveal Haman’s treachery and save the Jewish people. She concealed the fact that she was Jewish, too. Her quiet confidence and humility enabled her to hang in there for nearly nine years as the Purim story unfolded.

In order to do this, Esther had to have confidence in herself; she had to believe in herself and in Continue reading Esther’s Quiet Victory–Purim By The Light Of Azamra

Welcome To Your World, Be Fearless

124231main_NEW_extrasolar-browseIs the World your (huge) responsibility? Read on…

Recently I read an article which bristled with distaste as it questioned the value of Torah-based personal growth books. Focusing on the self is a selfish indulgence, the article said (in much stronger words), and went on to express the need for the publication of more Universal, non-self-referential, and brilliantly-intellectual explorations of Torah Judaism.

I get the point.

It might seem selfish to focus on the self.

But the truth is that the self, the neshama-in-this-body, is an entire world according to Torah.

More than that: Each of us is responsible for this world called “Self.” Continue reading Welcome To Your World, Be Fearless

Azamra: Your (Spiritual) Inner Child

question-1433662For Asarah B’teves—The Fast of Teves and Reb Nosson’s Yartzheit
Sponsored by the Schulman Family in memory of and appreciation for Reb Nosson on his yartzheit.

“…in generation after generation, there exists a shepherd who embodies the concept of “Moshe, the faithful shepherd.” This shepherd makes a mishkan. And know, the little schoolchildren receive their pure, untainted breath of their mouths from this mishkan. –Likutey Moharan 282

The true tzaddik of the generation takes all the nikudos tovos, the good points, he collects from each individual person, and with this accumulated good, builds a mishkan for Hashem. This sanctuary is the source of the breath of innocent children, who’ve never been tainted by sin. With this pure breath of goodness, young schoolchildren begin their first study of Torah.

As she learns, this child inhales and exhales goodness. She connects to the Tzaddik. This child pours her pure self into Torah learning and receives even more inspiration (both definitions apply.)

This child is each and every young child.

This child is also the psycho-spiritual concept of the inner child. Your inner child.

And though you recognize the term, don’t be fooled—psychology’s inner child is a mere doppelganger for the true inner child. First brought to Westerners’ attention by Jung, the distorted secular concept of the inner child has been employed in self-limiting, decadent, or destructive ways by new-age therapists ever since.

Your Inner Child

One way to get in touch with your spiritual inner child is to begin Continue reading Azamra: Your (Spiritual) Inner Child

Azamra For Grasshoppers

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Healthy and balanced self-esteem is the awareness and appreciation of your good points combined with genuine humility.

Self-knowledge is the first step to self-esteem.

The Torah reading this week, Shelach, offers a glimpse into the dangers of not understanding who you are, not knowing what your mission is, and not seeing yourself clearly. Continue reading Azamra For Grasshoppers