Receiving Compassion

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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

 

Reb Nosson wrote: “It is inevitable that everyone will come up against many problems which are impossible to foresee. We have to accept them all with love and know that everything that happens to us is all for our good. If we do this, it is much easier to pray to G-d that He remove our illness and suffering. Even though we know that in truth it is all good, we possess neither the strength nor the wisdom to receive such good. For this reason we ask, ‘May the Almighty give you compassion.’ May He hand compassion over to you—that is, what you can understand to be compassion.”
(Healing Leaves, p. 99)

What does this mean to me?

 

In the morning prayers we say that G-d is the One who “provides good kindnesses to His people Yisrael.” If He gives chassadim [kindnesses] to us, why do emphasize that they’re good? Aren’t kindnesses by their nature good? Reb Nosson’s words quoted above help us to understand the distinction. Everything that G-d does for us is ultimately a chessed, but we aren’t always able to appreciate them since, in the interim, they can assume unpleasant forms. Since we understand our limitations, we pray that He provide us with “good kindnesses”-chassadim that we can understand to be good and that we honestly feel are good.
A prayer:

 

Dear G-d,
Remove any accusations
against me or any of Your people.
G-d, in Your mercy I beg You:
Sweeten any harsh decrees against us.

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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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  1. New Likutey Moharan poem for you

    What are we to do
    except fight battle in heart
    when we conquer evil impulse
    then are doing our part

    Are sent to a world
    containing more evil than good
    given the strength of Shimshon
    so can smash the wood

    The sparks will rise up
    released from prison in ground
    we must keep on searching
    until all have been found

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  2. Someone just alerted me to your poem. Beautiful!

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