After brokenheartedness comes joy. This later joy is a true sign of a broken heart.

(Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom #46)

The Fast of Esther (Taanit Esther) is a truly special day. Many years ago, the very existence of our people was threatened.”And he (Mordechai) went out into the midst of the city and cried [with] a loud and bitter cry.” (Esther 4) Esther and Mordechai understood that when facing awesome enemies, our only option is to pour forth our hearts in prayer to God. We must entreat, beg and scream until He turns to us from Heaven and answers our prayers. (Likutey Halachot – Harshaa 3)

This is not only true about physical enemies of long ago, but the lesson of the Fast of Esther applies to our personal problems today! When we turn to God with a broken heart in prayer — we can then feel hopeful about the future and trust in God so that we can dance and be truly joyous on Purim.

Your outpouring of caring, love and prayer for Cheena Rachel Bat Gita Genendel has been tremendous and meant so much to the Kramer family. Please continue to pray on these special days. Also thanks to you, we are only a few thousand dollars shy of bringing to print the second volume of “The Power Of Psalms” (Rebbe Nachman on Tehillim) in honor of her full and speedy recovery. It would bring us tremendous joy if we could bring the Kramer family news of achieving this great feat on Shushan Purim in Jerusalem. Please help us achieve this goal and dedicate its printing for the Refuah of Cheena Rachel bat Gita Genendel by giving generously today.

Wishing you the most joyous Purim yet!

Yossi Katz and your BRI family

Purim Inspiration

Likutey Tefilot (Fiftieth Gate) for Purim
Video: Prepare for Purim with Reb Meir Elkabas
Video: Purim Miracle with Chaim Kramer
Pathways on Purim with Yossi Katz

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Yossi Katz is the US Executive Director of the Breslov Research Institute, the preeminent English-language Breslov publisher. He is the creator of BreslovCampus.org, the largest online Breslov educational site. He writes the weekly column "Pathways on the Parasha," as well as numerous articles, for Breslov.org. He studied in Beth Medrash Gevoha and lives in Lakewood, NJ.

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