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Rosh Hashanah. For Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Rosh Hashanah held many secrets.
The Source and Nature of Evil (includes text and video version)
Does Tifilla (prayer) really matter Prayer is critically important! (includes text and video)
The Humble King: Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's insightful parable with added thoughts by Shlomo Phillips(includes text and video version)
The Sad Tzadik: Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's insightful parable with added thoughts by Shlomo Phillips (includes text and video version)
What is a Hassid Anyway? Matt Lipeles's insightfful explaination with added thoughts by Shlomo Phillips (includes text and video version)
Nanachs and Punk Judaism featuring the song Avraham Was A Punk Rocker and thoughts on this facinating Breslov expression (includes text, videos, and video version)

Counting the Omer with Chassidut: A powerful tradition performed nightly from Pesach to Shavu'ot. Includes an introduction to the Divine Emanations (includes text and video version)
Emuna Negates Legalism: Active Faith is the Key (includes text and video version)
The Lost Children: Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's tale, exceroted by his tale The Seven Beggars (includes text and video version)
Is the Petek real? Most Chassids do not accept the Petek of Rebbe Nachman to "Saba" as real. My thoughts (includes text and video version).
How to find God: without faith or religious knowledge (includes text and video version)
Ain Soph: A general introduction to the Transcendent One (includes text, a related video, and a video version)
How to do Hitbodedut (includes text and video version)
A wonderful Hitbodedut Video
Meditation on the Shema (includes text and video version)
Hafatsa: Bringing Rebbe Nachman to the People (music video)
The Petek: Saba's Letter from Heaven (includes text, orignal cartoon, and video version)
Noahide Nanachs? (includes text and several music videos).
Saba on the Redemption "Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman" recited in Jerusalem by Saba (i.e. Rabbi Yisroel Ber Odesser -- called the Saba or grandfather by Na Nachs) at Prophet Shmuel's grave (On YouTube).
Tips for the Mikva by Nanach.Blogspot
What is Chassidut? by Rabbi Mendy Hecht of Ask Moses.
Forks in the Road Old Divisions, Modern Ramifications, by R. Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer.

The Chassidut of the Baal Shem Tov:

Chassidut (or Chassidus) is a sect of Jewish mystics that arose in Poland around 1750. These mystics were known as the baal shems or "masters of the Name [of G-d]." The Baal Shem Tov (or Master of the Good Name, aka the BESHT) was born August 25, 1698 in Okopy, Ukraine. Most everything we know about him has been transmitted through disciplic legends and tales. All of these contain wonderful insights but not all can be objectively traced to him. The BESHT died on May 22, 1760 in Medzhybizh, Ukraine. He is generally considered the founder of Chassidut even though the teachings exited before him. It is said that:
"Perhaps the most common description of the Chassidic movement frames it as a kind of social upheaval. Until this time, there was a pecking order in the Jewish world: scholars on top, the simple Jew at the bottom, and the 'illiterate boor' only nominally Jewish. In the minds of many, a great soul and a great mind were practically synonymous. Then Israel ben Eliezer [an inspired leader among the baal shems who came to be known as the Baal Shem Tov or "Master of the Good Name"] arose. His insights uplifted the status of both men and women, celebrating the heartfelt earnestness of the simple Jew. Chassidut raised such Jews higher than the cold, intellectual, and often self-infatuated scholar (based on this quote). See below for more.

By Rebbe Aryel Nachman ben Chaim shlit"a:

I am a talmid (student) of "the Ranbach," Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim. He is the founder of Der Alte Weg Chassidus, (which is to say, "the Old Way Chassidut of the Baal Shem Tov."He is also the founder and chief rabbi of the House of Seven Beggars. It is my honor to serve as his Associate Rabbi.

Like the Besht, our Rebbe offers new opportunities to observe the old ways of our ancestors within the current realities. His classes and Shabbat services, are broadcasted live via Youtube and our Keruv Media Network). On Shabbat this is done the same way Shabbat elevators and blechs ("Shabbat ovens") are employed without breaking Shabbat. Everyhting is set up before HaShabbat and our equipment is not turned off untill after Havdala. We of the House of Seven Beggars are reaching out to those Jews who feel they have no place within the Judaism of todays for various reasons, including those who have no shul close enough to attend. Rabbi A is offering the freedom of joy expressed by the Besht, by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and so many of the other great tzadikim. He invites everyone to the House of Seven Beggars' Table of Joy.


What is Chassidut?

A. Chassidism is the Judaism-revolutionizing, Moshiach-bringing movement that swept across and overtook classical Judaism in the early-to-mid 1700s. It was founded by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov.

B. Chassidism is to Judaism what a second kidney is to the man who only has one, or what color is to black-and-white photography—an enhancement. An improvement. A dramatic betterment of the status quo.

C. Chassidism came to Jewry when Jewry couldn’t have possibly needed it more. Like a doctor whispering a fainted man’s name in his ears, the Nation of Israel, devastated by the Cossacks and the false messianism of Shabbatai Tzvi, received a wake-up call when G-d whispered “Israel Baal Shem Tov” into its collective ear. During his lifetime, the Baal Shem Tov recorded an out-of-body experience in which he returned to Heaven to ask Moshiach when he would come. Moshiach responded: “When your wellsprings will spread out,” meaning: when your teachings change the Jewish world. Chassidism is thus a cataclysmic, cosmic development, laying the groundwork for the arrival of Moshiach itself -- Rabbi Mendy Hecht
       For more by Rabbi Mendy Hecht go here.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (April 4, 1772 - October 16, 1810, burial place: Uman, Ukraine) was a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. Rebbe Nachman was the founder of Breslov Chassidut. He was among the greatest Jewish sages and reformers of all time. I consider Rebbe Nachman to be my primary rebbe and spiritual guide.

The great wisdom of the Baal Shem Tov's Chassidut has been reinvigorated several times by inspired tzaddikim. Among these, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov combined the esoteric secrets of Judaism with serious Torah and Talmudic scholarship. He brought direct and intense love of the Eternal and his fellow Jews. In this work Rebbe Nachman followed in the footsteps of the Besht (i.e. the Baal Shem Tov). Rebbe Nachman promised that his fire would continue to burn until the coming of HaMashiach and today its intensity is increasing throughout Israel and the Diaspora. Like Hasids generally, his followers are known for their ecstatic dancing and religious ecstacy, piety, and knowledge. Rebbe Nachman attracted thousands of followers during his short lifetime and far more since his passing. He taught:

The Misnagdim (opponents of the Chassidim) say that the main thing is to study Torah.
The Chassidim say the main thing is prayer.
But I say: Pray and study and pray -- Siach Sarfey Kodesh 1-87

Today there are hundreds of Chassidic dynasties or schools with roots reaching back to the Baal Shem Tov. Each of these contributes to the spreading forth of the Wisdom of the Besht. Among these is Breslov Der Alte Weg Chassidut.

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