Never Get Old!

Hold On! Never Get Old!
Meshivat Nefesh #53

King Solomon called the evil inclination, “The Old, Foolish King.” He’s foolish because he gives me bad advice; he’s king because it’s all too easy to obey him. And Reb Nosson teaches that he’s old…because he makes me feel old.

My lower self tries to tell me, “It hasn’t worked until now…it never will. You haven’t changed until now…you never will. You’ve failed in this so many times before…you always will.” My yetzer hara drags my flawed past into my present, and uses it to obliterate my future.

What’s the solution? Never get old. Rebbe Nachman said, “I don’t like an old chassid; I don’t like an old tzaddik. Never get old!” Old is the equivalent of giving up. Fresh is what will change my life.

How do I keep fresh, then? When I feel myself bogged down by the past, I’m going to remind myself, “I’ve just been born, this is my first moment in my life!” This moment has never existed, and it’s true—this is my first moment of this moment, which is entirely new.

Beloved Creator,
You fill the universe
at every moment
with fresh vitality
straight from Yourself.
Please help me to feel its flow,
 newly born from moment to moment
so that I never get old.
(Hilchot Tefillin 5:6)

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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