Pictured above is the “Alta Heim” that sheltered all who came to pray at the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov from shortly after his passing until its destruction during World War 2.
[We’re gradually linking the topics below to shiurim… ]
BEIS HAMIKDASH – Jerusalem’s once and future temple for all nations will stand forever because it’s being built from our tefilos (prayers).
BLESSINGS – Saying, hearing, and answering “omen” to brochos (blessings) on food nourishes the soul and strengthens physical health, too. Why are there no blessings to say after enjoying fragrance as there are after enjoying food?
BUSINESS – How to succeed through honesty and faith.
CHARITY – Tzadakah: how does it empower the one who gives?
CHILDREN – What is naches? Praying for that first child and raising children to care. Should young children be brought to shul (synagogue)?
DEPRESSION – Feeling emotionally or spiritually paralyzed is a form of sleep. Rebbe Nachman’s advice for waking up from despair.
ERETZ YISRAEL – Developing our appreciation of and spiritual connection to the Holy Land of Israel – past, present, and future.
EDUCATION – The importance of limud Torah, as an individual and as family.
FAITH – Nurturing emunah (Jewish faith) even through times of adversity. Believing that even the slightest thought, word, or act of returning to Hashem has tremendous significance.
HEALTH – Understanding and coping with illness. Breslov chassidus brings resources on how to value and care for physical and emotional well-being. When a person is ill, why do we use the mother’s name when praying for their recovery?
HOLIDAYS – Timely lectures about the upcoming yomim tovim.
HOLY PLACES – Information about how to visit Kivrei Tzadikim, including maps and a photo gallery.
JOY – Converting temporary celebrations into simcha (lasting happiness). Rebbe Nachman taught practical techniques for weathering challenges with calm, clear serenity.
MARRIAGE – Secrets for maintaining peace and prosperity in the home.
MAZAL – What is it? How can we change it?
MIDOS – Perfection is a heavenly, not a human attribute. Self mastery can be achieved with the help of chassidic techniques of bitul (temporary suspension of self) and rotzo v’shov (“running and returning”). Developing courage through greater self-knowledge and compassion.
MODESTY – Tzniyus (restraint in speech, behavior, and clothing) brings blessing to the individual and protection to the People of Israel.
MOURNING – Halachos and minhagim (laws and customs) of loss; the deeper meanings of shiva, aveylus, and yahrzeits.
MUSIC – Even humming a tune quietly can refresh your soul. Hold onto the invincible power of song. Rav Nasan of Nemirov once told students to “Dance every day.”
PATIENCE – Arichas Apayim is, among many other things, the ability to wait. It is the key to all character refinement. Breathing deeply and holding silent when anger flares up enable a person to think clearly before speaking or taking action.
PAIN – What purpose does it serve? How can it be dealt with on a spiritual level? Transforming the stress of emotional or physical suffering into positive energy toward recovery with Hashem’s help.
PRAYER – The role of the tzaddikim in the generation. Achieving power and concentration during tefilah and speaking to Hashem in your own words (hisbodedus).
RABBI – Why it’s important to give the name of someone who is ill to one’s rabbi for tefilah. Finding the best Torah mentor for who you are. Emunas chochomim (faith in one’s Rabbi) is the secret to spiritual success.
SELF-ESTEEM – Confidence in yourself and true humility are really the same thing. Appreciating and activating your infinite potential is a crucial element in emunah (faith).
SHABBOS – Making this week’s Shabbos the best ever.
SHALOM BAYIS – A peaceful home depends on understanding the deeper aspects of the relationship between husband and wife.
SOUL MATE – Finding and appreciating your zivug (marriage partner). How to retain those special feelings of connection through life’s challenges.
SPEECH – How it affects our soul and our world. How Viduy (confession) releases impurities that limit us.
TIKKUN HAKLALI – The Ten Psalms revealed by Rebbe Nachman as the “General Remedy” for spiritual recovery. (Tehillim/Psalms 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, and 150.)
TODAY – Free yourself from dwelling on past or future and make the most of the present.
TORAH STUDY – Rebbe Nachman’s advice is to study consistently and quickly. He encourages that a little bit every day is infinitely better than nothing.
WILL POWER – Getting free of an addiction? Losing weight? Determined to stay within your budget? Tap into your reservoirs of spiritual strength for results that last.
UMAN – Its meaning in Breslov chassidus, history, and current events.