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Old 08-08-2019, 07:46 PM
 
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I've done my Google search and I have an email into my Rabbi, but does anyone here have thoughts on this group? I met a lady in Israel who actually found someone for me to study with. She seemed quite moved by the fact that I was a convert.
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:10 PM
 
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The most authentic source material is published by Breslov Research Institute, so read what they publish, maybe start with "Restore my Soul" "Ourpouring of the Soul" "Tzaddik" and "Rebbe Nachman's Wisdom." Read these yourself and see if they resonate with you. It is not about what other people say, pay attention to how your neshama responds. If the activity of pouring out your heart talking to G-d in your own words for at least an hour every day appeals to you, then Breslov may be for you.

Another excellent book is "Chasidic Masters" by Aryeh Kaplan z"l, it gives you a framework of Chassidus and has a section on Rebbe Nachman. Breslov is firmly rooted in Chassidus which began with the Baal Shem Tov so acquaint yourself there too, maybe start with "The Path of the Baal Shem Tov" by Dovid Sears, and "In Praise of the BaalShem Tov"

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Old 08-08-2019, 08:32 PM
 
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Two other books I read over and over and over and can't put down are "Against All Odds" by Gedaliah Fleer. And "Through Fire and Water" by Chaim Kramer.
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:41 PM
 
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Rabbi Yonassan Gershom (author of Jewish Themes in Star Trek, and other books on Judaism) is a Breslov Hasid, and I really enjoyed reading his perspective on things. He's the only Breslov I personally know of, as I believe they are a small group.




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Old 08-09-2019, 09:21 AM
 
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I am going to get the books you suggested. I'm looking forward to being able to study with them! There is always so much to learn.

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The most authentic source material is published by Breslov Research Institute, so read what they publish, maybe start with "Restore my Soul" "Ourpouring of the Soul" "Tzaddik" and "Rebbe Nachman's Wisdom." Read these yourself and see if they resonate with you. It is not about what other people say, pay attention to how your neshama responds. If the activity of pouring out your heart talking to G-d in your own words for at least an hour every day appeals to you, then Breslov may be for you.

Another excellent book is "Chasidic Masters" by Aryeh Kaplan z"l, it gives you a framework of Chassidus and has a section on Rebbe Nachman. Breslov is firmly rooted in Chassidus which began with the Baal Shem Tov so acquaint yourself there too, maybe start with "The Path of the Baal Shem Tov" by Dovid Sears, and "In Praise of the BaalShem Tov"
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:39 PM
 
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Very common for BT’s and converts to be attracted to Breslev. My only advice to you, is make sure you have the basics in place (learning Gamara, davening in a proper minyan) before you explore “feel good” approaches to Yiddishkite. Nearly every BT and convert I know who has been attracted to Breslev is a haskhafic mess. That said, their teachings are gorgeous and there are many many choshuv Breslevers.
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Old Today, 10:26 AM
 
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I have a huge interest in anagrams, so I was startled and intrigued when I read this in the Wikipedia article titled "Breslov (Hasidic group)":

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They noted that the Hebrew letters of the word Breslov (ברסלב) can be rearranged to spell lev basar (לב בשר —the "ס" and "ש" sounds are interchangeable), "a heart of flesh"—echoing the prophecy in Ezekiel (36:26): "I [G-d] will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."
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