A Breslov class for women. Join me this Wednesday evening at the BOMA shul. (Scroll down for details). Also, don’t miss Wednesday, March 18th, Breslov Passover inspiration at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue.
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.
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
“The main thing the Compassionate Creator wants is the heart.”—Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (LM II, 44)
The heart is the site of “fallen loves”. “Fallen loves” are one’s desires for harmful, soul-destroying things.
How did we ever fall out of love with Holy truth and fall into love with fiery and destructive (or dark and cold) passions?