Sacred Time – Rosh Chodesh Sivan: Listen For The Melody

Sacred Time

Listening For The Melody

Rosh Chodesh

During Sivan we celebrate receiving the Torah on Shavuos. Reb Nosson, z”l, explains that the foundation of accepting the Torah and mitzvot is emunah. It follows that we must work to attain a new level of emunah during Shavuos.

Reb Nosson goes on to explain that the deepest and most essential joy that one can possibly experience is rooted in realizing that Hashem is the One who does everything. The material world appears to contradict vital emunah. Attaining and building emunah in a world where G-d’s presence is so hidden is like straining to make out a melody that is strung together by notes that are interrupted by pauses. The flow of the music isn’t constant–you have to follow it with your ear and imagination. Similarly, with emunah we work to pick out the melody of G-dliness from the wall of noise or silence of our worldy experience. This is one reason why singing and music naturally tend to engender feelings of emunah and dveikut, or attachment to G-d. This is the essence of receiving the Torah, this music of emunah.

Hashem, let me hear the music, the deep tapestry of what You do that inextricably woven into the fabric of creation. Help me perceive this and make every moment of my life a living song to You.

 

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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