First class of Advice for Life: Breslov Pirkey Avot
Video 2 of this semester. No previous classes required.
Your understanding heart is a place of great potential, the home of love and fear, the source of your personal redemption.
In this class we discuss how the blessing over bread of “al nitilas yadayim” can be a path for the assimilation of wisdom in the heart; why yira (awe/fear) is necessary to having full love of Hashem; prefected awe; how we rebuild the Beis Hamikdosh (the Holy Temple) with our G-dly awareness and awe; the deeper purpose of Binah; rectifying our mistakes; the mystical meaning of learning halacha; prophecy; and more.
“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?
For a person’s capacity to give love is related to the degree of his perception. And when he offers love to others, he in turn receives love from Heaven.
—Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Is the Rebbe really saying that through our experience of Shabbos we’ll become better friends, sisters, daughters, moms, and wives?