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The Tree of Life

Why we all need the Tree of life
How the 'Tree of Life' can help us In Rebbe Nachman’s story ‘The Cripple’, there are many references to a very special, unique tree that provides all types of healing and bounty to the world when it grows and blossoms, and also many references to a discussion that takes place between the sun and the moon. As always with Rebbe Nachman’s...
Why acting dumb can be a good thing
Acting dumb can be a very good thing It's written in our holy books, in Otzer HaYirah, Simcha 35, that sometimes it's a really good idea to act dumb. There, it says: “To merit happiness is more difficult than any other service of Hashem, since the nature of man is to be drawn after sadness, because everyone is full of suffering and sorrow,...
Parshat Terumah: The more charity we give, the more we'll want holiness Based on the writings of Rav Natan of Breslov Shemot 25:2: “Take my tithe from every man whose heart prompts him” Rav Natan teaches us an amazing thing around this week’s parsha, namely that when we give charity, that in turn increases our desire for holiness and kedusha. How does this...
Fixing the world of feelings
Fixing the world of feelings Each of our soul-levels is represented by a different part of the body. The neshama, the Divine soul, is associated with the head. The ruach, the soul level that’s associated with our moods, is connected to the heart and the chest. The last level, the Nefesh, or the animal soul, is symbolized by our legs. In...

The true power of thought

The true power of thought
The power of thought We all have different ‘soul levels’ to rectify. The soul level that’s called Ruach in Hebrew - ‘wind, mood’ - actually corresponds to our intellect, or our power of thought and ability to reason things through. The essence of being able to reason properly revolves around being able to distinguish between what’s true and what’s a lie,...