Q&A: Finding The Truth

I don’t know what truth is anymore? My truth, your truth or God’s truth?

There is an important Breslov teaching about making prayers from the things that we learn, these teachings must be relevant to you as an individual. A true prayer is a prayer in which you are looking for your truth, through the truth of Hashem.

In lesson 112, the Rebbe mentions that the Tzohar of truth can be either a precious stone which gives off its own light, or a window which allows light through. In Likutey Halachos, Dayanim 3, Reb Nosson explains that there is a truth which the Tzaddik himself teaches, and there is a truth which the student understands from him. They are both revealing the truth of God. Through finding yourself with the Tzaddik’s help, you will automatically find God.

When you speak to Hashem about something which you have learned from the Rebbe, and you speak to Him about what you have understood and how you feel about it right now, you are being honest with Hashem and honest with yourself.

The reason we have such a difficult time getting out of the darkness which surrounds us is because we are not being true and honest with ourselves. We are trying to convince ourselves that we are something that we are not. If we knew our true place, we would automatically see our way out of the darkness.

The Rebbe’s teachings, when understood properly, help us to understand who we really are, and to approach Hashem in honest prayer. Through this we will automatically find Hashem.

Trying to connect with the Tzaddik seems imaginary, we are here alone, lost in the world where is the Rebbe? How do we hold on to him?

We connect to the Tzaddik through studying his teachings, which are as alive and relevant today as they were when they were first taught more than two centuries ago. Real Breslover Chassidim can testify that the Rebbe’s teachings serve as a daily, constant source of inspiration and guidance much more than a living Tzaddik may provide.

It seems that when I think I am connected I am actually feeding my ego?

There is no ego in being connected- only a feeling of having a real guide who is advising us and directing us in how to find Hashem in our lives, which will bring us satisfaction, happiness, and lighten up everything in our lives.

It’s a feeling of knowing that through his teachings, the Rebbe is taking care of us and guaranteeing that we achieve our Tikkun, our spiritual rectification, together with his promise that he will take care of whatever has to be done.

Author: Ephraim Portnoy

Ephraim Portnoy studied in both Beth Medrash Gevoha and the Breslov Kollel of Lakewood. He currently resides in Brachfeld, Israel.

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  1. First of all, let me say that I recently visited Uman for the first time and had the honor of speaking to The Rebbe. I am a modern-Odthodox Jew, but say The Rebbe’s tehillim each day.

    I share the original writer’s frustration. How do you connect to a unknowable, un-nameable, spiritual force while in our material form. Every rabbi, every rebbe, every talmudic commentaror, every kabbalist mystic fro the 12th Century to today has their own opinon and thesis. There does not seem to be one truth in how to approach Hashem — it’s all conjecture and speculation.

    I am thinking if abandoning my years-long search for Hashem’s continence. I surrender. I abandon my ego. All i want to do has hace emunah and bitachon and let my life play itself out. I have no control. Synagogue services, ways to daven, times to daven, segulah this and segulah that, shuckle or don’t shuckle, daven out loud or daven silently– opinions snd opinions by the thousands which have become legitimized as tradition. No one knows what Hashem really wants. How can the physical ever know the spiritual? Daven, don’t daven, it doesn’t seem to matter. Stay home, have faith and trust in Hashem and let everything else go that is man-made.

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