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by Yehudis Golshevsky

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

It’s important to have mercy on the body, to allow the light of all that the soul realizes to enter the body and refine it. Because the soul is constantly experiencing wondrous things, but the body doesn’t automatically share that knowledge.
(Likutey Moharan I:22)


What does this mean to me?

My soul enjoys Torah study, prayer, the fulfillment of mitzvoth—but does my body also feel that pleasure and light? What a different life I would have if my body was as attuned to spiritual pleasure as my soul is!


A prayer:

Holy One,
grant me the strength
to cast off
the spiritual sluggishness
and indifference
which encumber my body.
Let my body—
together with my soul—
ever closer
to You.

(The Gentle Weapon, p. 8*)

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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.


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