Part One of two-part workshop at BreslovCampus.org. Each person has her own unique life-path to travel from year to year—and Rebbe Nachman’s teachings help you create your personal map to spiritual growth. Using Rebbe Nachman’s Advice as the guide, Chaya Rivka Zwolinski discusses how to identify and make choices that support your deepest potential.
Part Two will be live at BreslovCampus.org, Monday night, Sept. 11th at 8:30 PM.
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→
This coming Sunday, November 20, the JCC in Manhattan* and the Carlebach Shul are hosting a morning of learning and breakfast. I’ll be speaking about the essential message of G-d consciousness that the Baal Shem Tov imparted to each Jewish individual and how developing our awareness of the Divine in our lives can sweeten the bitter challenges we all go through.
The Legacy of the Baal Shem Tov- Inspiration for Today
The teachings of the Baal Shem Tov served to inspire the creation of the Hasidic movement and ignite a vibrant renewal of Jewish life. How do his teachings continue to impact Jewish spirituality today? Join renowned teachers, Nehemia Polen, Yitzhak Buxbaum and Chaya Rivka Zwolinski, for this dynamic morning of learning.
Why are we asked to make a judgment at all, positive or negative, about others? Why does Hashem arrange for us to “stand in judgment” of each other?
Rebbe Nachman tells us that everything that we see, hear, and experience as we live each day contributes to our spiritual growth. What we see or hear concerning other people is no exception.
The holy Baal Shem Tov said that, “Before a Heavenly decree is passed against a person, the person himself whom the decree concerns is asked about it.”*
If the person who is facing the Heavenly judgment agrees with the Heavenly court that the decree should be passed—it is passed. In other words, our own “ruling” determines what happens; our own judgment about our actions decides the consequences we must face.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s grandfather was the holy Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the joyous, mystical Chassidic movement. The Rebbe’s grandmother was Udel (also pronounced Aidel), the Baal Shem Tov’s daughter. She was her father’s pride and joy, a learned, holy woman. Udel’s daughter was Fayga, the Rebbe’s mother. Fayga had a profound influence on the Rebbe’s life. We can safely say that Fayga helped him lay the foundation on which he built the palace of his wisdom.