Category Archives: My Favorite Rebbe Nachman Story

Posts about Sippurey Maasios, the Stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Breslov Writing Workshop–Register Now (Last Workshop Sold Out)

Starts Wednesday, June 12

Register Today–Last Workshop Sold Out!

Rebbe Nachman and You: Contemplative Writing From the Soul

with Chaya Rivka Zwolinski of BRI Women

Hosted by Jewish Living – Makom/Jewish Spirituality at the JCC Manhattan

Jun 12, 2019-Jul 10, 2019  (Four Wednesdays from 7:30pm – 9:00pm–except July 3)

(If you can’t make every class, that’s okay, you can catch up with me personally via email.)

Returning for an extended workshop with all-new material: Are you a curious blogger or journal writer, a beginner or published author, or just interested in getting to know more about yourself? Have you ever wanted to write from a deeper place inside you? Nourished by the hidden wellsprings of ancient Jewish wisdom, Rebbe Nachman’s stories are enchanting, dramatic, at times even amusing. But most of all they are elixirs that reveal and heal the soul. In this four-part workshop, we’ll take key concepts from these stories for writing prompts, and then write in your choice of several genres, such as narrative essay or memoir, poetry, lists, expository essay or free-form journaling, and more. Share and discuss. Be inspired and discover new aspects of self.

Chaya Rivka Zwolinski, Director, BRI Women teaches the wisdom of the renowned Chassidic master Rebbe Nachman live as well as online at Breslov.org and blogs for PsychCentral.com; is co-author of Therapy Revolution (HCI), and The Parent-Child Dance (Feldheim) and other books; and travels with women to Hasidic Ukraine.

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the JCC Registration Desk at 646.505.5708 for additional information or register online.

 

The Water Castle, Body & Soul: Video

p-329-watercastleThe Healing Dance of Body & Soul at BreslovCampus.org

In this class we discuss the Water Castle, the pulse, and the psychospiritual message in Rebbe Nachman’s famous story-within-a-story.

Recommended reading: The Water Castle (with Reb Noson’s Commentary) Compiled and anotated by Dovid Sears.

THE HEALING DANCE OF BODY AND SOUL, PART III – Class 4 from Breslov Research Institute on Vimeo.

Class 4, Semester 3 with Chaya Rivka Zwolinski

Heart Two: The Doctor’s Pulse

heart-love-romance-valentineA renowned doctor, an award winning professor of medicine, was in residence for a few months at the castle. There he examined and treated the countess and other members of the noble family.

One day at tea, the countess said, “We have a local Jewish healer right here in Mezhibuzh, a righteous man whose medical expertise is indisputable.”

The doctor hid his sneer behind his handkerchief. “Oh, I’d love to meet him.” So, the countess sent for the Baal Shem Tov right away. Continue reading Heart Two: The Doctor’s Pulse

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