Open Your Heart

Iyar 5

The Jewish mystics revealed that when we rearrange the letters of the month of Iyar it spells “yair”—“illuminate.” It is our task to illuminate our entire year by acting in tune with the unique nature of the month. One of the ways we illuminate the month is by becoming a channel to draw kindness into the world. How are we to do this, though? Rebbe Nachman explains that there is a “Supernal Heart” which must be opened so that Divine loving-kindness can flow down to all of humanity and to every person specifically. Every time I see someone in need or a person asks for my help, I have an opportunity to “crack open” this heart. Each time I respond to the feeling “knocking at the door of my heart,” I knock at the door of the “Supernal Heart” and channel kindness to myself and all mankind.

Dear G-d, when I am confronted by someone or a feeling knocking on my heart, let me remember how much we all need kindness. Whether it is in times when I am having a hard time or just in general, help me remember that no one can survive without a continuous influx of Divine kindness. Help me see that when I assist another human-being, I am actually receiving much more than I give.

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.

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