Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rabbi Perets Auerbach To Speak in Flatbush

Rabbi Perets Auerbach of Jerusalem will give over teachings from the Zohar related to the weekly Torah portion, Nitzavim. Rabbi Auerbach has been working on an original translation and commentary on the Zohar, which he hopes to publish eventually. Excerpts from his other writings appear on this website, as well as on the Solitude-Hisbodedus archive. Reb Perets is a multi-talented individual with tremendous knowledge of all areas of Torah, a former talmid of Chaim Berlin Yeshivah, and a Breslover Chassid.


Thursday night, Sept. 2, beginning at 8:00 PM
Maariv 9:00 PM, followed by conclusion of shiur


The Flatbush Minyan / Congregation Sheves Achim
1517 Avenue H, across from East 16th St and Q Train
Brooklyn, NY

Men and women invited, separate seating

Monday, August 30, 2010

Finish the Work Started Over 200 Years Ago!

After many years of hard work and tremendous help from the One Above, we are nearing completion of the multi-volume Likutey Moharan in English project. This is a milestone in Breslov history. The series features full Hebrew-English text on facing pages, a running commentary based on traditional Breslov sources and profound, highly accessible notes drawing from the Written Torah, Gemara, Zohar, Midrash and kabbalistic works.

As you may know, Breslov Research Institute recently published Volume 13 of this series. There are only two more volumes that remain to be done. The zekhus (merit) of joining us is in completing this mitzvah is open to everyone and anyone who believes in bringing this unprecedented project to fruition.

Our Sages observe, "Im ein kemach, ein Torah . . . Without money, there is no Torah" (Pirkey Avot 3:17). Breslover Chassidim point out that the Hebrew word kemach (literally, flour) has the same gematria (numerical value) as the name “Nachman.” This means is that if we give some of our "flour" for Rebbe Nachman’s holy books, we’ll surely succeed in connecting to Torah—and in helping others to do so, as well, for Rebbe Nachman’s works are keys to each area and level of Torah.

The Breslov Research Institute is in earnest need of your partnership. Our Sages teach that one who helps complete a mitzvah is accredited the entire mitzvah. Your contribution, great or small, gives you a genuine claim to this rare mitzvah.

For a generous contribution of $180 you can sponsor a page of Likutey Moharan with an opportunity to dedicate that page in honor or in memory of the person of your choice. Upon completion of the project, you will receive a complimentary copy sent directly to your home.

So please join us for the final leg of this project and be sure to share this opportunity with your friends.

To contribute online, please visit www.breslov.org/LM/

Uman Delxue

If you're going to Uman this year and would like to find deluxe accommodations with all the resources you'll need to make the best of your trip, you might want to contact Rabbi Lazer Brody via his "Uman Experience" website. It is a bit late in the game to make such arrangements, but worth a try:


Another option would be to contact Rabbi Leibel Berger who can provide you with room, board and synagogue seats, including some less expensive options. This is the only contact information we have for him, and it may be out of date: http://www.breslov.com/berger/ But his apartment in Uman is at 5 Pushkin St. (about ten minutes walk from the Tziyun, a little past the outdoor market known as the "shuk").

Best wishes for a ksivah v'chasimah tovah from the Breslov Center.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Our friend R. David Friedman writes:

In the Tochachah it says that the reason we may bring harsh judgments upon ourselves is for our failure to serve Hashem with simchah me-rov kol, i.e., with joy for the abundant blessings we have received. As is known, Reb Nachman states, "It is a great mitzvah to be joyous at all times" (Likkutei Mohoran II, 24). For all those who have a problem with this remark, none other than Rabbeinu Bachaye comments on the verse we have cited from the Tochachah that the simchah one has while performing mitzvos is a separate mitzvah unto itself. And since there are six constant mitzvos, one always needs to be joyous in fulfilling them.

Reb Nachman is actually alluded to here, as well: "me-rov kol," with one added for each of the two words (294), equals "Nachman (148) ben (52) Feige (94)."

Friday, August 13, 2010

Breslov Jerusalem Dinner Next Week

For those who live in or are visiting Eretz Yisrael:

Please visit here to make your reservation.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ode to the Locust

Based on Likutey Moharan I, 64

Inside becomes outside
Outside becomes inside

Like the locust, whose shell
Is one with its body
Without beginning, without end
In the silence, a song
That includes all songs

Travelers dressed in white
Gather beside the river of tears
All preparations are past
The witchcraft of history undone
No longer a blind
But a lens to perceive eternity

What medicine is this?
What music is this?
The royal family beholds the invalid
The serpent's skin falls away
The prince is made of gems.