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Chizuk: Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught...
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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught...
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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught...

From Reb Nosson's Letters: "Even while the gates are closed and locked on every side and in every corner—so that one ought mistakenly have thought that there was no hope, G-d forbid—I still believe that there remains plenty of hope! For G-d's capacity to send relief and deliverance is very great, indeed, and His power of salvation is inexhaustible!"
(Healing Leaves, p. 51)

What does this mean to me?

Rebbe Nachman taught a very short lesson, recorded toward the end of the first section of his Likutei Moharan, in which he sets down an essential life-principle. In modern idiom it translates to, "G-d doesn't close a door without opening a window." Of course, he borrows language from a better source—King David himself, who certainly knew about what it meant to live a hard life. The Psalmist sang, "While in trouble, You broadened the way for me." In Hebrew, one word for trouble is tzaar, which actually means "narrow." In other words, "While in the narrows, You made broad openings for me."

Within every situation of constriction and confinement, there are nevertheless broad stretches and openings. He ends the lesson by stating trustingly and hopefully, "Aside from our anticipation of G-d delivering us soon from all troubles and doing much good for us…even within the trouble, He offers us respite!"

A prayer:

Master of the universe, full of mercy,
help me and open my eyes, my heart and my mind
so that I will always see the kindness and release that You provide for me
even in the midst of the straits of my troubles.
This alone can offer me solace from the many pressures that I face,
both physical and spiritual,
which box me in both right and left and make me feel as though I have no escape…
If I could only feel and see all that You do for me even here and now
I would rejoice and my heart would be filled with prayer and gratitude.
I would not cease from thanking You for all that is done
and crying out to You for all that is yet to be accomplished.
(Likutei Tefillos, I:333)


These 19 short videos clips are excerpts from a series on by Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier called "The Fight - A Frank Strategy and Pan for Conquering Desire".

Gathering from the wisdom of chazal, this series presents a solid understanding of the mechanics of desire, and offers us a strategy and plan to winning The Fight of our Generation.

Video #15 - The First Step - I Am Powerless


"If you get a chance to read Alcoholics Anonymous' Big Book, you'll find the first of the 12 Steps clearly described there: To recognize that I am powerless. To give myself over to my higher power, because I am powerless to stop this behavior.

I'd like to share with you; they got it 100 percent correct. The Mesilas Yesharim explains ..."

Click the link above for the full story and video.

Email us if you don't have internet access, and we will send you the story by email. (sorry, we can't send the video.)

Daily Dose of Dov
Knowing Hashem
By Dov

Someone writes:

I know that I have a partially warped image of G-d, and I am trying to figure out what a non-warped image of G-d would look like....

Dov responds:

My sponsor told me something funny once. He said that if he could change the Steps he'd make them read instead of "We made a decision to place our will and lives under the care of the G-d of our understanding," to "the G-d of our misunderstanding"! I think it's hilarious, and very true.

When Yirmiyah hanavi tells us that the ones who Hashem considers praiseworthy are those who "know Him", and refers to great people as "yod'ei Hashem", it seems to me that such a thing - to come to really know Hashem a bit - is probably nearer to the end of lifetime developing as a yid. It is not necessarily gonna be there at the beginning and is certainly not a prerequisite to true, deep, and joyous avodas Hashem for most yidden!

So we are relatively blind, quite stupid, and bumble through this upward climb called life, even as frum yidden. The road to shleimus is always a long struggle to draw nearer to our upper selves. And we are pretty blind to that, too! Boy, do we need Hashem down here! But that's the name of the game. To me, the only other choice is to be going in the completely wrong direction altogether! As Vince Lombardi would say, "winning isn't everything - it's the only thing." If this one's a slog, then any other path really sucks. So don't ask scotty to 'beam you up', just yet.

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