Tag Archives: Sippurey Maasios

My Favorite Rebbe Nachman Story: The Sophisticate & The Simpleton

Leon Kroll Rondout NY 1920One of the biggest obstacles in the search for truth is other people, especially those who make fun of religion with sophisticated jokes… –The Advice Book

My current favorite Breslov tale is The Sophisticate and the Simpleton.(My favorite tale of Rebbe Nachman’s is always the one I’m reading at the moment.)

It’s easy to find parallel themes in the lessons in Likutey Moharan and the Rebbe’s stories. In class and b’chavrusa, we’ve been discussing how to have authentic, positive relationships. Especially with one’s self. The discussions are based on the quintessential Breslov teaching, lesson 282 in Likutey Moharan, known as Azamra.

At the end of the Azamra talk, we’ve been reading aloud from The Sophisticate and the Simpleton. This important yet humorous  story offers a fascinating counterpoint and commentary on some of the themes of Azamra.

The Sophisticate

The Sophisticate is an expert in business, philosophy, and medicine. Continue reading My Favorite Rebbe Nachman Story: The Sophisticate & The Simpleton

The Goal Of Life (Audio)

To listen, click the play icon, above.

Why am I here?
What is the ultimate goal of my life?
How do I achieve this and other important goals?
How can I tell that if I am making the best possible choices for me?
How do I know what will make me truly happy?
Where should I go to get the best advice?

*Rebbe Nachman of Breslov tells us that there is always a tachlis (a purpose and goal, combined), behind a tachlis. It’s just a matter of how deep we want to dig.  This class explores some of the Rebbe’s insights as well as a reading of the Rebbe’s story A Story of Trust.

If you would like to sponsor a shiur in memory of a loved one or other reason, or if you would like to hold a class in your home, contact: chayarivka@breslovwoman.org.

*Please note: BreslovWoman classes are geared towards a variety of students and audiences with various types of secular and religious affiliations. However, many of the Rebbe’s teachings are essential for everyone, which is why, for now, we’re not labeling the ones that are being posted.