Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

“Even if all you can say to G-d is “Help!” it is still very good.
Repeat this over and over again, until G-d opens your lips
and the words begin to flow from your heart.”

(The Empty Chair*, p. 93)


What does this mean to me?
Prayer is the service of the heart, and when it comes to prayer the truth of the words and the sense of their immediacy is what provides prayer with vitality. Even if all I can say is, “Help!” or, “Master of the universe!” I should not stop praying. When every “Help!” comes from the place of knowing how badly I need help from G-d, the words are illuminated with the light of true and honest prayer. If more and better words come, that is good. And if all I have is my heartfelt, “Help!” it will also do.


A prayer:

“I will cry out to G-d with my voice,
I will beseech G-d with my voice.”
Master of the universe,
You hear the sound of the cries of Your people with mercy.
Have pity and compassion and show mercy to us,
and be at our side to help us.
Strengthen our hearts so that we
will persist in crying out to You honestly
until You answer us.
Until You save us and say,
“Here I am.”

(Likutey Tefillot/The Fiftieth Gate, I:21)

We encourage hearing your feedback and may anonymously publish your remarks. Please send email to:

To view the past emails, click here.

Your FeedbackSo grateful to be sent these! They help keep me on track!!


These emails are sent free of charge and are part of the ongoing work of the Breslov Research Institute to make Rebbe Nachman’s Torah available to people of all languages. If you enjoy these emails and our other work and would like to contribute to our mission, we encourage you to do so by clicking here or the PayPal (P) icon below. All US donations are tax deductible.*“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,

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 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.

Share This Post On

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *