NarrowBridge.Org: The Great Treasure

BRI’s NarrowBridge.Org sends out twice weekly inspiration providing a regular dose of hope, meaning and courage. These emails include small doses of Rebbe Nachman’s wisdom, enabling us to get through the week in a more spiritual way. 

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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

Reb Nosson wrote: “Strengthen yourself from now on to involve yourself every day in the study of Torah. Whether you learn little or much, do not let even one day of your life go by without studying Torah… Also, do not neglect to offer many prayers each day and to give as much charity as you can afford ~ even a little more than you can afford. From these practices you will gain only good, both in this world and in the next, for all eternity… This will remain ours, as a great treasure, when our end comes.”
(Healing Leaves, p. 90)

 

What does this mean to me?

In Jewish parlance—at least the one with which I was raised—we have a term for the bottom line, and that’s “tachlis.” When I was growing up, it seems like “tachlis” always meant business, money, getting down to brass tacks. In Hebrew, though, the word means the ultimate goal, the true purpose of any endeavor—the meaning of life itself.
Rebbe Nachman taught his followers to keep their eyes firmly focused on the tachlis; not the “tachlis” of the does-it-add-up-in-dollars-and-cents perspective, but on what will be most valuable in the end. Sometimes the two dovetail; sometimes they just don’t. When faced with a situation that involves a choice between temporal benefit and that which leads me toward the tachlis, I need to have clear vision and a lot of fortitude to take the path where the rewards are not immediately obvious.
In the letter quoted above, Reb Nosson says something that some might find a little surprising, to give a “little more” charity than one can afford. Does G-d want us to do more than what we can do? His words remind me that it is normal for a degree of self-deception to enter into my calculation of what I can and cannot afford. If I have a goal of doing that “little more” to help another person, I might find that I can manage better than I think. And I might be surprised to find myself blessed with more than I had before!

 

A prayer:

Dear G-d,
as I age—
as hours turn to days,
days to weeks,
weeks to months,
and months to years—
let none of my time
be wasted or lost.
Let me use my life
to the fullest,
to become the person
I am meant to be.
(The Gentle Weapon, p. 19*)

Feedback:

Amazing. Simply amazing. You need to get on Facebook.
RM

Thank you for these wonderful teachings. I have wandered away from the shul and I am slowly getting back to it again and these mediations and readings go to the essence of my heart and what I need.
KC

*“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

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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