Azamra! Finding the Good Points

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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

 

 

 

“Reb Nosson wrote: “When a person looks at himself and feels that the deep waters are sweeping over him…this is just the time to remind himself of the lesson of Azamra (Likutei Moharan I:282). ‘Nevertheless,’ he must say, ‘there are still a number of good points in me that come from the mitzvot and good deeds that I have done!’…”
(Healing Leaves, p. 102)

What does this mean to me?

 

 

 

In the letter quoted above, Reb Nosson goes on to write that the further away one feels from G-d, the more joy he can take in the fact that he is still able to draw close to his Creator through every mitzvah opportunity. Our own assessment of our spiritual level—which itself might be distorted—doesn’t cancel out the fact that we are always still worthy of approaching G-d through every mitzvah act, every word of prayer. In Reb Nosson’s memorable words, “I am still worthy of praising and thanking G-d many times each day that He has helped me to hold my ground!”

A prayer:

 

 

 

Master of the universe,
Who judges every person favorably
at all times;
Full of lovingkindness,
constant Benefactor…
Help me and guide me upon
the true path
so that even now I will seek out and find
merits and good points
within myself.
This will fill me with joy
and change me for the better;
It will infuse my prayers and devotions
with vitality and passion.

(From Likutei Tefillot I:90)

We encourage hearing your feedback and may anonymously publish your remarks. Please send email to: yehudis.golshevsky@breslov.org

Feedback:

I don’t know why the prayers from “The Gentle Weapon” affect me so strongly. I only know that they touch something so soft and sensitive that is inside of me. Perhaps it is because i fall into the abyss that the Rebbe talks about and each time I come out of the abyss i feel such great gratitude that Hashem in His great love for me sent me the Rebbe to pull me out…
I pray that Hashem will say enough to all of our spiritual troubles because I believe that they are the source of all of our physical and emotional troubles.
ML

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Author: 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. Yehudis Golshevsky has been teaching Torah classes to women and working in Torah publishing for nearly twenty years. She’s a graduate of Yavne Teacher’s Seminary in Cleveland and holds a degree in Judaic Studies from SUNY at Buffalo. Currently, Yehudis is a contributor to Breslov.org and “Pathways”, the Breslov Research Institute’s weekly publication. Since 2006, she’s been taking women’s groups to Uman and other sites in Ukraine for prayer and study. Yehudis lives with her family in Jerusalem.

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