Chaya Rivka ZwolinskiAuthor
Chaya Rivka Zwolinski is an editor, writer, and speaker. She teaches Breslov classes for women in Brooklyn and Queens. She blogs at BreslovWoman.org (Breslov Joy for Women) and HealthyJewishCooking.com (Torah-based holistic nutrition). She and her husband co-wrote the psychotherapy patient-rights best seller, Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On. Mrs. Zwolinski lives in Brooklyn, NY and can be reached at email@example.com.
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Rosh Hashana is the day of judgment for all humankind. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. In other words, it’s the birthday of everyone’s great, great, great (and so on), grandparents! It is a day of awe and fear and also a day of celebration. Rosh Hashana is a day … Continue Reading
…the Rebbe said, “Even when I am not worthy of serving G-d, I am satisfied to let another serve Him. This is a very important thing to grasp. I heard this from the Rebbe’s own lips and it seems obvious to me. Even though I may not be worthy, I still long for everyone to … Continue Reading
By ignoring your brother when he is in trouble, it is as if you were responsible for his misfortune. A person should avoid inflicting pain upon living creatures, as this will bring him harm. A person who doesn’t plead mercy for his friend falls into captivity. He can redeem himself by providing food for some … Continue Reading
One of the biggest obstacles in the search for truth is other people, especially those who make fun of religion with “sophisticated” jokes… –Advice, Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom 81, BRI Sophistication can be very harmful. Thinkers are easily trapped in their own wisdom. Keep well away from the wisdom of those self-important people who believe they … Continue Reading
Anyone who needs other people for his livelihood—or even if he has his own livelihood, but he has a craving for honor and esteem, which is also a form of needing other people, since he needs their honor and esteem—such a person is liable to fall into great falsehood during prayer…[Even if] he is … Continue Reading
Self-esteem is the experience of being capable of meeting life’s challenges and being worthy of happiness. [We also believe in] personal responsibility and accountability. —The National Association for Self-Esteem (NASE) “You may have faith, but you have no faith in yourself” “…It is written (Sech. 4:10), ‘Who has despised the day of small things.’ The … Continue Reading
…when speech [which is an aspect of Hashem, the Malchus/Kingship of Holiness] is blemished, the blemish turns the “ruach [breath/wind] of his mouth into a ruach searah (storm wind). …this storm wind is the Great Accuser. From it comes all accusations and tests. …this ruach searah is also what causes a person’s body to become … Continue Reading
Through new Torah insights, each person becomes filled with shame. Through shame, a person merits repentance, since repentance, whereby we cease to sin any longer, primarily results from shame… …when a person comes to the tzadik and hears Torah teachings from his mouth, and he thereby feels shame and begins to sense his own lowliness, … Continue Reading