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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

Heart One: The Rooster

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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

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

Healing A Fallen Heart

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“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? Continue reading Healing A Fallen Heart

What’s A Breslover?

boys-will-be-boys-1146660-mThere are no coincidences.

Every event in our life has meaning—whether we are able to connect the dots or not. Every sight we see, every person we meet, even every word we hear, exists to help us draw closer to our true purpose.* Continue reading What’s A Breslover?