A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world. Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum
THE ESSENTIAL RABBI NACHMAN
Faith in yourself
You must have faith in yourself!
You must have enough faith in G-d’s goodness to believe that you are important to Him. Have faith that you too are precious in G-d’s eyes. So great is G-d’s goodness that each and every person is great and important in His eyes.
Being humble does not mean you must put yourself in a state of constricted consciousness. Constantly ask G-d to bring you to true humility and to have faith in yourself. Some Tzaddikim suffer opposition only because they do not have faith in themselves!
Sichot Haran #140
The Essential Rabbi Nachman
This elegant, easy-to-read pocket-size volume is a comprehensive treasury of the most inspirational sayings, profound teachings, parables and stories of the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.
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Azamra means “I will sing” (Psalms 146:2)
“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”
The Teachings of Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz and His Disciple, Rebbe Raphael of Bershad
R’ Raphael said that he had asked his master, R’ Pinchas, how to strengthen his faith and trust in G-d, and he replied: “Only the young require such advice. A mature Jew has had sufficient experience to trust in G-d’s constant watchfulness over him”
–Midrash Pinhas, p. 41 (A), cited in The Hasidic Anthology: Tales and Teachings of the Hasidim, by Louis I. Newman, pp. 278-279. Reprinted with permission of Ann Newman (B)
When we do something special for ourselves, we should do also, something special for others.
Now and then, we break our routine to treat ourselves — to choose or buy something new, something special. In doing this, we experience a lift — an anticipation — the preparation we need to make before we enjoy this new pleasure.
During this delay — the time we wait — let’s turn our thoughts also to others. Let’s spread the sunshine. As we do for ourselves, so let us do for others. This legitimizes our self-interest. Moreover, it enriches us. It makes our special treat only the sweeter and more unique.
By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
Excerpted from “Be a King“. To buy this book as an ebook for $4.95 click here.
The young fellow comes home. His dad asks him: “Did you do your good deed for today?” “Yes Dad, I and 11 friends!” “What did you do?” “We helped an old lady cross the street!” “Why did you need 11 friends for that?” “She didn’t want to cross the street!”
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Thursday 6 December / 22 Kislev
Some have the custom of preparing the Chanukah candalabrum three days before the festival.
Since Chanukah this year begins on Saturday night, one should prepare the Chanukah lamp on Friday afternoon 7 December before the beginning of Shabbat, even though it will be lit only after the conclusion of the Shabbat on Saturday night 8 December. This is because the lamp may not be prepared on the Shabbat itself since this is a forbidden labor, yet the lights should be kindled as soon as possible after the conclusion of the Shabbat.
Friday night-Saturday 7-8 December / 24 Kislev
Shabbat VAYEISHEV SHABBAT MEVARCHIN & EVE OF CHANUKAH
Blessing the coming month of Tevet: Following the Torah reading we bless the coming month of Tevet. Rosh Chodesh will be on Thursday night-Friday 13-14 December. The Molad will be on Wednesday December 13, 2012 at 4:09 and 11 chalakim p.m.
Saturday night 8 December-Sunday night December 16 25 Kislev-3 Tevet CHANUKAH: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Chanukah is a festival of thanksgiving for G-d’s miracles. The special prayer of thanksgiving for the Chanukah miracles (‘Al Hanissim) is added daily to each Amidah prayer and Birchat HaMazon (Grace after Meals). On each of the days of Chanukah, after the morning (shacharit) Amidah prayer, full Hallel (Psalms 113-118) is recited. Special Chanukah Torah readings: On each of the days of Chanukah there is a special Torah reading selected from the account of the sacrifices offered by the Princes of the Twelve Tribes in celebration of the inauguration of the wilderness Sanctuary (Numbers 7:1-8:4).
The days of Chanukah are days of joy. It is forbidden to fast and it is customary to hold feasts and to eat some fried foods (such as doughnuts — no need for excess!!!) in memory of the miracle of the oil, and a milk or cheese dish in memory of the heroism of Judith, who fed the Greek general Holfurnos until he was drowsy and then cut off his head.
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Saturday night 8 December / 25 Kislev KINDLING THE FIRST LIGHT OF CHANUKAH
On Saturday night the Chanukah lights may be kindled only following the departure of the Shabbat after nightfall (marked by the appearance of three medium-size stars). Some have the custom of lighting the Chanukah candles before reciting Havdalah, but the prevailing custom is to light the Chanukah candles in the home after Havdalah.
Saturday night-Sunday 8-9 December / 25 Kislev FIRST DAY OF CHANUKAH
The first day of Chanukah is the anniversary of the completion of the Sanctuary in the Wilderness (though it was not inaugurated until the following Nissan) — and when Moses saw that the work was complete, he blessed the people “that the Shechinah should rest on the work of your hands… ‘And let the pleasantness of HaShem our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us…’ (Psalms 90:17).
In the time of the Second Temple on this day the Altar was reconsecrated by the Hasmonean priests, who miraculously found one intact flask of undefiled oil for kindling the Temple Menorah (candelabrum). Although according to the laws of nature the quantity of oil was sufficient for only one day, the oil miraculously sufficed for eight days until new ritually-pure oil could be produced.