Leaving a Remnant


Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

“The main completion of the soul is accomplished when it is able to remain down below even after it has already departed above [after death]. This is the reason why one must leave behind a blessing: either a child or a student, so that one’s G-dly awareness can remain down below even after his soul ascends on high.”
(Likutei Moharan II:7)


What does this mean to me?
The Midrash teaches that the purpose of creation was because G-d desired “a dwelling place in the lower worlds.” It was not enough for angels to attain knowledge of G-d; human beings with all of their struggles and all of the concealment that they face are the ideal agents for this mission.

Rebbe Nachman taught that all of our hard work to attain this awareness cannot be only a personal attainment; every spiritual achievement is meant to be shared so that its light can spread further and further, making the “lower worlds” a fit dwelling place for G-d. And before we leave this world, we need to find a “blessing”—our own child or a student who is like a spiritual child of our own—to carry the light of that awareness further when we are no longer able to do it for ourselves.


A prayer:


Eternal G-d,
grant me a measure of eternity;
lend some permanence
to this temporal life of mine.
Grant health,
and long life
to my children,
and to their children.
As long as they live,
some part of myself will survive;
something of me
will live on in this world.
Give me life, dear G-d,
and life to those who come after me.

(From The Gentle Weapon*, p. 106)

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*“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, www.jewishlights.com.

Author: Yehudis Golshevsky

Mrs. Yehudis Golshevsky is a graduate of Yavne Teacher’s Seminary in Cleveland and SUNY Buffalo. She is a Breslov Chassidiste who lives with her very patient and forgiving family in Jerusalem and has taught Breslov Chassidus (and many other subjects) and worked in Torah publishing for nearly twenty years. Recent projects include the new Holocaust history textbook, “Witness to History;” Erez Moshe Doron’s commentary on The Exchanged Children; content and curricula for Project Derech of Toronto; translations of Rabbi Berland’s lessons and prayers for shuvubonim.org; editing of the stories for Daf Digest and Mishnah Berurah Digest; and editing of the weekly translations of Rav Itche Meir Morgenstern’s shiurim for Toras Chochom. In her spare time, she does battle with foreign bureaucracy and general pin-headedness in Ukraine so that she can have the privilege of bringing other women to Uman and other kivrei tzaddikim. She also likes to joke around—just ask her students.

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