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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…
All beginnings require that you unlock new doors.
What does this mean to me?
|Rebbe Nachman taught that giving charity is always the way to make a fresh beginning in a spiritual endeavor. The Torah tells us, ‘You will surely give openly to him.’ The actual words—“patoach tiftach”—mean literally, “you will open an opening.” The way to make that first breakthrough is with the power of charity. If self-preservation is the most basic of instincts, then the impulse to give purely altruistically is simply unnatural. This unnatural, really supernatural, act takes the drive to selfishness and transmutes it into lovingkindness. A radical act like this catalyzes a radical response—and the breakthrough is accomplished.|
And even when an opening and a beginning already exists, giving charity widens the opening even more.
Dear G-d, full of mercy,
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I was so touched by the beautiful prayer you shared. Bitterness has
Thank you Yehudis, That is exactly where I find myself now. Working hard for Hashem, With his help I will be in Israel this summer and if you still have your classes, maybe I’ll get to come this year. Blessings always, L
*“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.