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Rebbe Nachman teaches that Hashem can put the cure for what ails us into anything.

Even bread and water can contain the healing energy that we need!

Before we eat, we make a bracha, a blessing, on our food. This blessing helps us connect the food to its source (Hashem.) In the process of saying the blessing, we are thanking and acknowledging that Hashem is the source of the food. Saying a blessing also makes us more aware of this connection. If the food is kosher*, it contains spiritual molecules that are activated by the bracha we say.

We take a bite, we chew, we swallow and we begin to digest. The energy and nutrients travel through our bloodstream. After we’re done eating, we say an after-blessing. This after-blessing is a catalyst for a healing process that occurs as the food is digested.

The blessing helps us tap into the potential spiritual healing energy which comes from Hashem; by saying it, we’ve flicked a switch in the food so to speak, b− and this is what helps to heal us.

In addition to the blessings, in addition to the formulas and the words and the kosher food, it’s also important to have emunah (faith) and bitachon (trust), that Hashem is the True Source of Healing.  All healing comes from Him. Even bread and water has the potential to heal.

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*In general, one does not make a blessing on non-kosher food–the spiritual energy isn’t in non-kosher food and therefore cannot be activated. However, there maybe certain exceptions to this, but one should ask an orthodox rabbi what to do in these circumstances.


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Chaya Rivka Zwolinski

Chaya Rivka in her own words: What do we want? To feel less pain and more optimism. To be happy and lead meaningful lives. This all requires healthy relationships. If we learn, share, and live his teachings, Rebbe Nachman gives us real, practical tools to improve all our relationships—with G-d, with ourselves, and with each other. Chaya Rivka Zwolinski “discovered” Rebbe Nachman in her late thirties and credits his profound wisdom with helping her make a 180 degree-turn in life. She loves sharing Breslov teachings with women in her classes and workshops. Chaya Rivka has written books; writes articles for,,, and numerous other publications; is a consultant to Breslov Research Institute; and is the director of curriculum and program marketing at She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

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