Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

“No matter how far you’ve strayed, returning to G-d is always possible.
Agree therefore that there is absolutely no place for despair.”

(The Empty Chair*, p. 111)


What does this mean to me?
“Never despair!” was Rebbe Nachman’s clarion call to our generation. Looking ahead to a time when the Jewish world would suffer from spiritual malaise and what seem to be insurmountable obstacles to fulfilling our spiritual potential and destiny, he offered “the remedy before the illness.” Despair is a human failing, and its underlying assumption is that since the solution is mine to devise and carry out, when I am stuck deep in a hole there is just no hope. Rebbe Nachman taught that, quite the contrary—the solution and its implementation is produced hand in hand with G-d, and even if I am in the hole, G-d is never limited. With Him, everything is possible.


A prayer:

“G-d, You’ve given me
the physical, emotional
and spiritual will
to overcome so many obstacles
that have risen before me.
How many times have I faced
what I perceived to be
impossible, hopeless situations
and withstood them—
and discovered creative solutions
through which to surmount
and master them.
You’ve strengthened me
again and again.
I know that You
will never fail me.”

(The Gentle Weapon, p. 91*)

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*“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,

*“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,

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Yehudis Golshevsky

Yehudis in her own words: When I first began learning Rebbe Nachman’s teachings with my husband and other teachers, I felt as though I had come home to the personal and vital relationship with G-d that I’d always sought. Today, a large part of my inspiration comes from helping other Jewish women discover their own spiritual potential through the meaningful teachings of Breslov Chassidut.

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