In the year 1806, Rebbe Nachman began telling his legendary stories, "Sippurei Maasios". The first of these tales, "The Lost Princess", tells of an epic quest to locate a princess abducted from the king's palace and return her home.
The Lost Princess is an iconic symbol for the soul, connection, and joy that have become lost in the personal and communal religious experience.
Our mission is to provide a compass of inspiration and encouragement for a searching generation. Together, we will rediscover the soul of our tradition.
Rav Alexander Ziskind (ben Moshe) of Horodna zy”a, author of sefer Yesod Veshoresh Ha’avodah, left this world 18 Adar Beis 5554/1794. I would humbly suggest that one who seeks to attain an “inner feel” for the Yomim Tovim and davening should begin with this sefer. Although not a “chassid” in the colloquial sense, Rav Ziskind…
Dearest friends, Over the years, many have reached out in the days leading up to Purim asking if I could share some ideas, kavvanos, and avodas that can enable us to get the most out of the Purim experience. This year, I decided to sit for a while and compile a few of the thoughts…
11 Adar Aleph is the yahrzeit of Rav Avrohom (ben Zev Nochum) Bornstein of Sochatchov zy”a, author of sefer Avnei Nezer (responsa) (by whose title he is bets known), and Eglei Tal (on the 39 melachos). His Rebbe and father-in-law, the Kotzker Rebbe, told his chassidim that the reason Reb Zev Nochum of Biala merited having a…
Lives We've Changed
The Lost Princess Initiative (LPI) has brought so much meaning to my life. As a religious young adult I am still finding my path in life, and LPI has helped so much in the process. Not to mention that R' Yaakov is always encouraging others to grow and learn the depths of the Torah. Also, as I am paving my path in life I felt a little lost with my hashkafa and beliefs but once I discovered LPI I found what I was looking for. With so much depth and so much hard work, LPI is helping our generation to connect to Judaism in an emes-truthful way as it unlocks the excitement and richness of Judaism that was lost along the centuries. I can't describe how thankful I am for R' Yaakov Klein and all the hard work he puts into this initiative. I can only pray and wish that others will find this rare gem and cherish it as it feels like home to me.
Beit Shemesh, Israel
As a 'regular mainstream yeshiva boy in the system', as much as I was shtieging and growing it still felt like something was missing, a small void that I was never able to fill. One day a friend recommended that I listen to a shuir by R' Yaakov and I was hooked. The way it spoke to me and my neshama, I finally felt like this void might finally be filled. This led me to discovering LPI and it was completely life changing. The light of the tzaddikim has refreshed my perspective of Yiddishkeit in a much deeper way - a way our neshamos are thirsting for. May Hashem give you koach to keep spreading the light to all the people who need it!
Far Rockaway, New York
The Lost Princess Initiative is taking the loftiest spiritual concepts, words of the tzaddikim that I did not believe I had the desire or ability to learn and contemplate, and is presenting these teachings in a beautiful way that is easily understood. LPI is succeeding in revolutionizing the way Jews experience Judaism, teaching them how to connect with Hashem, their fellow Jews, and themselves.
In the digital age, content is king. The Lost Princess Initiative’s daily content of pictures/graphics, short videos from inspirational speakers, audio clips, and full classes reminds me constantly who is the true KING really is! LPI helps to inspire me constantly and keep me focused on what’s really important in life.
I just wanted to send a message to say how much I have enjoyed, gained, and been inspired and uplifted through your initiative. Baruch Hashem, as a baalas teshuva of over 8 years with a Chassidish soul, it can something be hard to find those sources of light that really speak to the kishkes. Now, the Torah I have looked at so longingly is finally easily accessible - thanks to you!
LPI is the perfect fusion between love, light, and awe-inspiring energy. It combines the greatest divrei Torah from all over and explains them in a simplistic, yet shining and motivating manner. In a single quote, Reb Yaakov has the ability to summarize a huge yesod of a tzaddik and convert it into real-life terms which change one's view of the mitzvos and the effect they have on the world, and most importantly, allows us to find ourselves being held by and attached to the Noten HaTorah, Hashem himself. LPI is reanimating the overarching purpose of our creation - to connect to Hashem in every single moment of our life, following in the ways of the tzaddikim of yesteryear and the mashpiim of today's day and age. LPI reinvigorates yidden, helping them to love Life, Torah, our fellow Yidden, fellow tzaddikim, and, especially, the Borei Olam Himself.
Miami Beach, Florida
LPI has provided amazing material (The Inner Dimension, Chassidus Daily, etc.) to help inspire me for a more meaningful connection to my Judaism and davening. Looking forward to much more! Please keep it up! Wishing you much strength!"
With the help of Hashem I was privileged to learn from the Sefer Kedushas Levi this past year and have my life changed by the words of the Berditchover Rebbe. All I wanted, from the moment I started learning the sefer, was for the world to know the words of the tzaddik - what I thought was an impossible task. But the LPI, with its plethora of content and different programs, has truly done the impossible. They have spread the light of the Berditchover and the many talmidim of the Baal Shem Tov. The world now has the opportunity to tap into the words of the tzaddikim and experience Torahs which previously might have felt out of reach for some. We are now afforded the chance to unlock doors we never knew were even there to be opened! Thank you Rav Yaakov for continuing to accomplish this amazing feat!
The Lost Princess Initiative is amazing! I look forward every day to seeing the new videos and content which are sent. It is so inspiring that so many teachers, musicians and mashpiim are talking about and spreading the light of the Holy Baal Shem Tov and his students. Geula fever!
LPI helped me rediscover my longing for HaShem and reminded me that HaShem is longing for me too!
I am incredibly grateful to Yaakov and the wonderful LPI for spreading Chassidus in this meaningful and relatable way. I remember commenting to a Rebbe of mine about a year ago that Chassidus is what will take the Jewish People to wherever it is they need to be next. Little did I know that LPI was already laying the groundwork for the realization of that vision. Ashrecha and thank you!
When so many Jewish neshamos are in a catatonic state so that Torah and mitzvot have become meaningless acts with no spiritual ramifications, the Lost Princess Initiative is holy therapy to revive the soul and restore its connection with our Creator. The bite-size pieces of Chassidus which are easily understood and absorbed are perfect for the constantly-on-the-run generation who have no patience for anything lengthy and involved. It is my feeling that without a doubt Hashem is releasing this light into the world as a precursor to ushering in the redemption and the revelation of the joy in basking in His light.
LPI is a really wonderful group that gives you a very vital dose of Chassidus every day. Rabbi Klein is a real gem of a neshama, someone who is a real eved of every Jew who comes to him, generous with his time and able to listen, teach and inspire like very few in this world are able. His mastery over Chassidus is always apparent and it is a genuine exciting joy to hear him speak on any topic, and makes you realize how essential - even obligatory - it is to learn Chassidus, why it really should be our main perspective on the Torah and Hashem, and what this is all about.
Rabbi Yaakov Klein has opened his heart to hear the silent (and not so silent) call of our generation: We need more connection!! Connection to ourselves, connection to Hashem and connection to Torah and each other. He is successfully inspiring thirsty souls with enriched content that is aflame with his passion for spreading the Emes! Yes, we can each learn to cherish our role in this beautiful world through learning Chassidus. R' Yaakov is attentive to each person - really listening and responding, and makes us, the readers, feel like partners. This makes providing feedback feel like a cooperative celebration!
May Hashem provide Reb Yaakov, and all of us, the openness and willingness to keep moving forward on this spectacular journey.
"If all the seas were ink and all the reeds were pens it would not be enough stress the utter importance of the work the Rav Yaakov Klein is doing to spread light, love, and emes to the masses through seforim, music and sharing deep Torah in short, digestible online formats.
As a Jewish educator, I am inspired by the content and impressed by the ease of share-ability of it. And as a truth seeker always striving to be a bas aliyah, I am excited by the wisdom and the deep discussions that pour forth from sharing it. Yaakov Klein deserves a 'groisse shkoyach' for his hard work and may he be blessed with the means to continue and expand it.
Rivka Pesha A.
A Life-Changing Spiritual Excursion
THE LOST PRINCESS INITIATIVE is an educational platform founded upon twenty-five principles derived from R' Yaakov Klein's seminal work on Rebbe Nachman's story, "The Story of Our Lives". These principles are explored in great depth in the Lost Princess Principles Course, an innovative online program based on the book.
THE STORY OF OUR LIVES is a wide-ranging guide to weathering the ups and downs of a passionate journey toward inspired living. A veritable textbook on the theological revolution of Chassidus and its relevance to the challenges of the modern era, this groundbreaking work presents a compelling argument for the need to dig deeper in our individual and communal engagement with avodas Hashem.
THE LOST PRINCESS PRINCIPLES COURSE is a seven-week program based upon The Story of Our Lives. In fourteen online sessions, R' Yaakov Klein leads diverse groups of spiritual seekers on a remarkable journey through his sefer, examining twenty-five core principles that emerge from the book's sixty-six life-lessons and the original texts from which they derive.
Treat your neshama, and dive in to a world of depth, clarity, and sweetness.
Nothing will ever be the same.
Explore our rich resources and discover a new way of thinking about Torah, yiddishkeit, and Hashem for our generation.
YOUR JOURNEY TO THE SOUL OF OUR TRADITION BEGINS HERE.
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