To some, this is one of the most startling teachings in the Breslov panoply. Simplicity and innocence are not glamorous. And they don’t hold much appeal for a certain kind of brilliant person, the kind whose mind is a natural playground for intellectual hijinks. Continue reading What’s Greater Than Wisdom?
Mishenichnas 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.
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.
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.
It teaches that the way you think is organic and fluid. It arises from your intellect, life experiences, emotions and feelings.
It teaches that the main way we are able to profoundly change our thoughts is either from a steady diet of outside influence (brainwashing as from a cult, intense propaganda, life-long “education”) or relentless inner work which can be repressive and rigid—and stifles the freedom to be yourself.
It teaches that it is difficult to change our thoughts and says most of us shouldn’t even try.
It teaches that our thoughts (especially those we feel to be dominated by our feelings, more on this later) reflect who we are—indeed, they are our unshiftable permanent essence. We must simply accept this, says this school of thought.
After all, everything’s good, everything’s relative, no one thought, idea, or way of thinking or belief is better than another—we’re just fine the way we are.
Really? Then why are so many people so unhappy? Continue reading Your Thoughts And The Power Of Hisbodedus
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
Yom Kippur was almost over. The Baal Shem Tov’s pale face was tense, his voice hoarse from crying out to God. Every person in the congregation was agitated—something was upsetting their Rebbe. Continue reading Heart One: The Rooster
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?