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A Simple Jew (aka Dov ben Avraham) resides on the East Coast, runs the blog "A Simple Jew", and recently released the book "Bnei Avraham Ahuvecha: Gerim in Chassidic Thought".
A Simple Jew asks: Do you feel that Breslov is a more individualistic path than others? Does the community or “chaburah” (group) loom as large in Breslov Chassidus as elsewhere in the Chassidic world? Rabbi Dovid Sears answers: First, I think there is no way for anyone to follow a spiritual path except as an … Continue Reading
A Simple Jew asks: In the past we have discussed how to approach how to learn Likutey Moharan and Likutey Halachos. However, we have not yet discussed how to approach learning Sippurey Ma’asiyos. After learning these 13 stories over and over for decades, what advice would you give to the person who is just starting to take a look at … Continue Reading
A Simple Jew asks: When learning pieces in Likutey Halachos associated with a lesson in Likutey Moharan that I am focusing on, which approach below would you recommend?: 1) Learn the related pieces in Kitzur Likutey Halachos by the Tcheriner Rav, since they are condensed from the longer pieces included in Likutey Halachos and I … Continue Reading
My relationship with Likutey Moharan over the past decade started off somewhat tempestous. While I absolutely loved learning Rebbe Nachman’s teachings, I initially found them much more accesible and meaningful when I learned them in Sichos HaRan or Kitzur Likutey Moharan. I tried on countless occassions to sit and learn through Likutey Moharan, yet by the time … Continue Reading
Based on Likutey Moharan I:65 (the Torah I am currently learning and living) Riding the exercise bike in the garage, I noticed some movement under a shovel which had fallen over about 10 feet away. My blurry vision convinced my brain that the small moving object I kept seeing was a mouse peeking its head out … Continue Reading