Out Of Order

A Sacred Time
Av 5

As every student of Hebrew knows, when we say “alef-bet” we mean the alphabet. Rebbe Nachman explains that when letters run in order this symbolizes Divine kindness; when they run out of order, it signifies judgments. Why, then, does the name of the month with the deepest history of destruction for the Jewish people point toward kindness?

Within what appears to us to be judgments is hidden much kindness.

When I am in pain, I become more receptive to feeling the pain of another. Like every person, I have challenges that only I can overcome. My unique challenges have been, and still are, my most powerful teachers—they’ve made me grow.

The alef-bet of life is that we all go through the fire in some way or another. But we also have a choice: the painful experience is either the means of transformation, or just a vehicle of frustration.
When we face our issues, the rewards can be so rich. We can start fresh, from alef. And then, with bet, we head on to “bereishit”—a new world of beginning. The first word of the Torah means both creation and renewal. This is the alef-bet of my life.

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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