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by Yehudis Golshevsky

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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…


“Whenever possible, avoid eating in a hurry. Even at home, don’t gobble up your food. Eating is an act of holiness. It requires full presence of mind.”
(The Empty Chair p. 25*)

What does this mean to me?


In this cultural moment in time, we are deluged by conflicting images, data, promises and perspectives about food. Food obsession has gained widespread cultural cachet (Food Network, anyone?), as has body image, health, sustainable food production, ethics, and everything else. With all of these themes clashing together, the innermost point of the meaning of eating can be lost. Over our plates, we come face to face with our essential dependence on G-d’s generosity. Rebbe Nachman taught that this is a great moment of spiritual potential—the “illumination of the will,” when we can feel our body’s need and desire for nourishment, and how it is a living parable for our soul’s hunger for G-d. Taking a moment to just allow ourselves to feel both physical and spiritual “wanting” is a first step.

A prayer:


Dear G-d,
teach me to eat right,
and to eat for the right reasons.
Keep me
from eating the wrong foods,
and from eating more than I should.
Let all that I eat
nourish me,
never weaken
or harm me.
Let the food I ingest
create a perfect balance within me
in body,
and soul.

(The Gentle Weapon**, p. 13)

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…It is so comforting and exciting to be on a journey that not only leads to self awareness but also to change and inner joy and peace. I never dreamed that the answers were inside of me. I always looked outside to find them.
ML, Jerusalem

The ability to open your heart and be like a child in relation to the almighty in a difficult moment is precious, thank you for reminding me of that feeling.

I have read Rebbi Nachmans little books over and over for several years and love them. Thank you for these tidbits of inspiration.As a non Jew but lover of Judaism and of One GD, I relish every teaching I can get my hands on.

*“The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy – Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff and The Breslov Research Institute, 1994. Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, www.jewishlights.com.

**“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.

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