Rabbi Gil Bashe, of the Breslov Research Institute, is visiting Providence to teach about Rebbe Nachman and Breslov Chasidic thought.
A longtime healthcare professional, Rabbi Bashe is an American-born former Israel Defense Forces paratrooper who fought in the First Lebanon War and is among the veterans of the famous rescue force at Sultan Yacoub in the Beqaa Valley.
All are welcome to attend his free lecture and the inclusive communal conversation taking place on Breslov teachings.
Rabbi Bashe is speaking about three subjects:
1. Uman and Jewish Unity: Rebbe Nachman’s Timeless Message of Achdut
What was Rebbe Nachman’s message about Jewish unity? What is the importance of traveling to Uman, Ukraine for Rosh Hashanah? Rebbe Nachman’s decision to reside in this diverse city for the last eight months of his life holds important meaning for us today about strengthening bonds throughout the Jewish nation.
2. Depression, Anxiety, and Joy: How Does a Connection to God Settle the Mind?
Who isn’t down some days? Who isn’t worried about making a living, about how our children will grow up, or about how we will grow old? There are plenty of reasons to be anxious, and many of us constantly feel under pressure. How can one feel happy and maintain a sense of contentment? In the face of tremendous obstacles, we must find a way to ground ourselves, separate what we know and experience from what we imagine, and recognize that there is goodness and happiness in the world. Rebbe Nachman’s essential work, Likutey Moharan, offers ideas on how to approach the world of worry using the power of hitbodedut – of speaking to God as a friend speaks to a friend.
3. The Role of Reb Noson: The Wonders of Likutey Halachot and the Renewal of Starting a New Day
Many of us begin each day not as mighty lions, but rather as a slaves to our schedules. The lecture’s third part will discuss suggestions from Reb Noson, Rebbe Nachman’s primary disciple, about how we can use shacharit (morning prayers) to empower ourselves with awareness of our behaviors, and find renewed strength and joy that lasts throughout the day.
For more information on this visit, please contact Shai Afsai at firstname.lastname@example.org.