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Video: Rebbe Nachman’s Ayeh, Class 3

Video Class for Women

Video: In class three of Ayeh 101: Shine A Light on Confusion, Doubts and Darkness, we talk about this week’s Torah portion, Beshallach, how the Egyptians and Pharaoh and how this relates to Ayeh, different ways of falling down and what to do, what is the greatest expression of Hashem’s glory, turning to God when we’re mentally, emotionally, physically down, suffering, emunah and doubts, who our biggest enemies are, the Olah sacrifice in the Holy Temple in Yerushalayim and how this relates to the concept of Ayeh, what the sheep represents, and much more about how to understand the message of Ayeh, no matter what level you’re on.

Crying Out To God For Help

In this video class from the Freedom From Fear series, we discuss the Power of a Spiritual Sigh, the Biblical tale of Jonah and the Big Fish, What Happens when we Cry Out to Hashem for Help, and more.

For the Soundcloud audio download or to view other classes, visit BreslovCampus.org.

THE FREEDOM FROM FEAR MAKEOVER – Class 4 from Breslov Research Institute on Vimeo.

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

A Breslov Yom Kippur With Heart

PikiWiki_Israel_30958_Cities_in_IsraelYom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, contains all days and gives life to all days.

On this day the heart is quieted.

Our desire is for God alone. 

All kinds of disputes, spiritual or material, are resolved.

Peace comes bringing happiness and joy. 

—Likutey Eitzos, The Advice Book

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov makes a chain from five links of the inner Yom Kippur experience.

The first insight the Rebbe gives us is one of wonder: he tells us that the holy fast day of Yom Kippur is so charged with vitality that it actually gives life to all the other days. On this dynamic day our heart, however, is quieted, subdued. The lifeblood pumping heart is may be gentled, but the day itself gives life.

Feelings of the Heart

In popular culture when the heart pumps most fiercely, it is celebrated in music, art, and literature. The nations’ hearts spark and flare over intimate relationships, politics, war, and sports. Passion, intensity, and desire are admired. The general world ethos of the role of the heart fuels a multi-billion dollar music industry, from indie to Latin to opera, not to mention other art, entertainment, team sports, politics, and war.

Judaism values the the intense feelings of the heart, but in the form of Continue reading A Breslov Yom Kippur With Heart

Will Breslov Teachings Turn Me Into A Narcissist?

Max LiebermannDear Breslov Woman,

Breslovers are always talking about finding your good points.

If you focus so much on your good points you’ll probably turn into an egomaniac.

Whatever happened to humility?

Beth

Dear Beth,

Amazing!  This important question was asked (in slightly different words) by a learning partner as well as someone attending a recent class. Clearly your concern is shared by others.

Finding and focusing on your good points cannot lead to arrogance or narcissism if the good points you focus are nourished by emes, truth.

Truth in this case requires an awareness of Continue reading Will Breslov Teachings Turn Me Into A Narcissist?

Bread And Breslov Joy

challahPassover’s over, and we’re all looking forward to eating Challah this Shabbos.

This raises a question: Why does chometz—leavened grain such as bread—become permissible to eat after Passover?

By the time Passover arrives, we ‘re in a chometz-free frenzy. We’re taught that chometz is likened to anger or arrogance; it’s all puffed-up with itself. We’re also taught that chometz symbolizes sadness and depression. Considering a Jew is supposed to be gentle and forgiving, humble and happy, how come we’re allowed to eat it at all?

The holy Zohar tells us that the reason we’re allowed to eat chometz the rest of the year is because Continue reading Bread And Breslov Joy