|Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…|
“Reb Nosson wrote: “The Rebbe’s words are simple and direct as can be and they are relevant for every single person. Even so, despite their simplicity, they are drawn from the wellsprings of salvation, from ‘deep waters—the counsel in a man’s heart.’ (Proverbs 20:5) So deep are the Rebbe’s teachings and advice that even one who is floundering in deep water—one whom the flood waters have washed over—can find G-d, even there. Through crying out and sighing, through good desires and yearnings, and by encouraging ourselves with every good point we have, we can draw nearer to G-d, wherever we may be!””
|What does this mean to me?|
|When people ask me what is so special about Breslov, I can hardly answer the question—Rebbe Nachman’s path is so deep that it is hard to confine it to a limiting definition. One short statement that Rebbe Nachman made is very telling, though. He said to his students, “I want you to aspire to the highest of levels and not fall from the lowest level.” Meaning, even on the lowest level it is still possible to come close to G-d, and there is no reason to fall away entirely even if we disappoint ourselves so badly. The great chizuk-encouragement—that we learn from Rebbe Nachman’s teachings carry us through, wherever we go.|
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*“The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-So-Everyday Moments – Timeless Wisdom from the Teachings of the Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff & S.C. Mizrahi with the Breslov Research Institute, 1999. Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, www.jewishlights.com.