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"Ashreynu" Parasha Newsletter / Lekutey Halachos for women

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Some thoughts
  • A woman's attachment to the Tzadik is more subtle than that of a man. First of all, our "shoresh neshoma" -- the "shepherd" from whom we receive our spiritual nourishment, is the same as our husband's (or father's, if we're not married). Breslov doesn't encourage women being "independent" of their husband's derech. Shalom Bayis is above everything. It's delicate, but a woman can usually be attached to the Rebbe, no matter what her situation. She can say Tikkun HaKlalli and the brief prayer that connects her prayers to the Tzadik Emes. She can  say tefilot from Lekutey Tefilos. Of course, she can do Hisbodedus every day, too. (Five minutes a day is even fine.) Re "musar" seforim, etc., of course all the sifrey kodesh are treasures to a Jew. There are only a few that Breslov stays away from: certain "philosophical" works. The main way a woman can be attached to the Rebbe is through studying his teachings and living them. He gives the best advice in the world, and following this advice can be done without making a big public deal out of it. For example, to be a Breslover chossid means learning Shulchan Aruch every day. So a woman could learn a little halacha every day. Why not? Even in non-chassidish settings, it's possible to give over Breslov concepts without publicizing the source. It's enough to say, "students of the Baal Shem Tov say...." Rabeinu told us, "If it will bring controversy, don't mention my name. Just teach my Torah."

  • A woman's relationship to prayer is quite different from that of a man. The laws regarding tefila are also different.
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