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The Root of All Holiness

by Yehudis Golshevsky
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

The Land of Israel is one of the three things that are only acquired through suffering. And one of the greatest obstacles to reaching the Land is the speech of the wicked who speak evil slander about it.
(Likutey Moharan I:20)


What does this mean to me?
The original obstacle to the Jewish people’s direct entry to the Land of Israel was the slander of the spies who were sent to check out the terrain. They brought back proof of its fertility and uniqueness, but put their own spin of pessimism and fear on their report which infected the Jewish people. Instead of rising up to embrace the inheritance of a Land so suited to the Torah that we had just been given, we succumbed to the obstacle of hearing negative speech. And we are still working to repair this flaw. May Hashem help us to overcome it soon!


A prayer:

Show compassion, dear G-d,
So that we can go
To the root of all holiness,
Which is in the Land of Israel.

All of our spirituality and Jewishness
Has its origins in the Holy Land,
And our growth depends
On being there.

Please help us break through
The obstacles and distractions
Which keep us back from Your Land
And the source of Life.

Help us year to come to Your Holy Land,
To long and pray to be in the Land of Israel,
Until we have the strength
To overcome all obstacles
And arrive there to serve You.

(Between me and You, p. 70-72)

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