Worship G-d in Purity and Simplicity

Rebbe Nachman said that it is impossible for any human to fulfill one’s obligations in serving G-d perfectly. “G-d doesn’t demand the impossible from man” (Avoda Zora 3), “nor was the Torah given to the angels” (Kidushin 74). The Torah wasn’t meant to be harsh. About people who are too careful and add extra restrictions, the Torah says (Vayikra 18), “you shall live with them,” not “you shall die with them.” (see Mesechta Yoma 85a).

The commandments of G-d were made to bring happiness and joy into our hearts. This happiness can only be obtained through serving G-d with simplicity without adding extra restrictions that G-d does not ask of us at all. Truly one should throw away all the preconceived notions and assumptions and worship G-d in purity and simplicity.

Adapted from A System of Learning: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

Remembering what we learn

In the future, G-d will make everyone remember everything ever learned, even if it was forgotten during one’s lifetime (Zohar I: 185a). This is also true of lessons heard from the lips of a true tzaddik and not understood. In the World to Come, they will be understood (Tzaddik #388).

The Torah exists mainly for the soul. In the future life, all souls will remember and understand everything they heard and studied in this world.

Fortunate is he who fills his days with much Torah and devotion.

Rebbe Nacham, Sichot HaRan #26

Praying to reach new levels of understanding

The primary way to advance to new levels of understanding is to study Torah and pray with all of your strength. Then, you attach yourself to Hashem, may He be blessed, that dwells within the letters of Torah and prayer. This infusion of Divine light subdues any physical inclination, and you can experience the abnegation or divestiture of your physical being. Then, you will enter the Supernal worlds and constantly rise to new levels of understanding and clarity.

Toldos Aharon, Shelach

Heart of Prayer: Baal Shem Tov, by Tvi Meir Cohn


The Study of Torah has Fallen

In our times, the study of Torah has fallen very low. The great rabbis of earlier eras had no knowledge of Kabbalah, but nevertheless, they were able to perform miracles through their strength in Torah. That was so great that whatever they said would come true.

Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom, #17, by Reb Noson of Breslov

Possessed by a Spirit of Foolishness

A person does not commit a transgression unless one is possessed by a spirit of foolishness. Therefore, each person – in precise correspondence to the transgressions one has committed and the spiritual blemishes one has caused – is literally insane. This is why most people have all sorts of quirks and idiosyncrasies. The rectification for this insanity is engaging in Torah study.

Rebbe Nachman

Based on Kitzur Likutei Moharan (Abridged Likutei Moharan) Vol. 1, Rebbe Nosson of Breslov, see I:1


Torah Learning and Emuna

True Torah learning enhances a person’s emuna (faith) in Hashem and in one’s ability to see G-d’s loving-kindness in every event and everything. Building and reinforcing emuna in order to get closer to Hashem is the ultimate purpose of Torah learning. If a person’s intention in learning Torah does not include the desire to enhance one’s emuna, especially one’s emuna in hashgacha pratit (Divine Providence), then the person is missing the entire point of Torah study.

Based on The Garden of Gratitude, by Rabbi Shalom Arush

The Importance of Torah

Many people stumble and fall just as they are about to reach their final perfection. Some were already at the gates of holiness and could have easily entered completely in the realm of holiness, but retreated because obstacles and confusions arose against them with such intensity that they felt it was impossible to withstand them. The main means of rectifying this situation is Torah study. One must be very strong never to neglect Torah study, no matter what one must endure. One will then be able to overcome anything through the Torah, for all rectifications and purifications — from the first to the last — all are only through the Torah.

From Likutei Halakhot, Birkhat haMotzi 5:38.