Hear To Heart

A Sacred Time – Tevet 6

Rebbe Nachman taught that when we open a channel to share of ourselves with others, it means that we also become vulnerable to the negative spiritual energy that’s within them. He speaks about this dynamic in the context of outreach. To communicate effectively, there has to be an open conduit from heart to heart, but that works both ways.

Rebbe Nachman suggested an effective remedy for the potentially negative impact that working with other souls can have—he says that you keep the channel clean through fiery personal prayer, with special focus on self-examination. Just like a hot flame can “kasher” a vessel that’s been rendered un-kosher, our inner vessels also get completely purified when the holy fire of productive and positive judgment gets applied to ourselves..

The attribute associated with Tevet is anger, which is form of spiritual fire. Applied properly, the passionate heart is like a crucible that burns away our negative character traits.

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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