Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…
What does this mean to me?
In the original lesson quoted above, Rebbe Nachman explains the spiritual root of why relationships either fail to materialize or go awry. In this particular lesson, Rebbe Nachman focused on where the blockage might be for a man, and told his students that the ideal time to repair this flaw is in the month of Elul. The word Elul is an acronym: Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li—“I am to my beloved, and my beloved is to me.” By directing the highest and best part of oneself—one’s faith and G-dly awareness—to one’s wife, by shining that light toward her and sharing it with her in a positive way, her heart is inclined toward him as well. Then, without any need for coercion or convincing, of her own will she feels agreement with him and becomes a true “helpmeet opposite him.”
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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.