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Sivan #3

The Sefer Yetzirah explains that month of Nissan parallels the right leg while Sivan is the analogue of the left. The Kabbalists explain that mobility requires two legs or some effective substitute—can a person get around on only one leg? But surely the Kabbalists are speaking about something deeper than that self-evident truth.

The right leg is like the Exodus from Egypt, and, perhaps more importantly, our own personal exodus that we experience during Pesach. During Sivan, when we receive the Torah anew each year, we reaffirm our deep connection to G-d—that’s the left.

Maimonides explains that we get to know people by either meeting them or studying their works. Similarly, the best way to get to understand G-d is to learn His work—His world and His Torah. In order to do this properly, however, we need to leave our ego-driven desires behind and free ourselves from the bondage of self. This is the Divine service achieved on Pesach, and we deepen it during Sefirat Ha’Omer. When we free ourselves from the bondage of our self, we are finally able to truly understand and internalize G-d’s Torah. Our work during Sivan is to connect to the Torah and draw it in for the entire year. If I only want it—if I really yearn for it—I can experience Sinai and reach my full potential as a vehicle for revealing G-dliness in the material world.

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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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