Silence is Golden

Cheshvan I

“Cheshvan” is a contraction of the Hebrew letters chash-vav and nun. The Hebrew word “chash” means silence; the letter vav is a conjunction—it means both “and” and “connector”; the letter nun has a numerical value of fifty and represents the fifty gates of Binah, of discernment that catalyze teshuvah.

Rebbe Nachman explained the greatness of bearing insults silently. We don’t have control over what other people think, say or do. But we do have input into how we react to their attitudes, words and deeds. While we might need to take appropriate action to protect our own interests, our internal work is to judge others favorably and practice acceptance of the Divine will.

A vav is a conduit, bringing down Divine blessing. After the “chas”—practicing silent acceptance—comes the vav, the flow of blessing. As we continue on this pathway, the vav extends downward until it forms the final-letter nun. This alludes to the deepening of the channel of connection until we are able to access the fifty gates of Binah. Our patience bears fruit and we become willing to change, opening our hearts to Divine assistance. We are transformed.

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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  1. Hello :) I’m writing to hopefully connect with Yehudis Golshevsky. I’m am BH newly married as a Bres Lov woman (my husband is Bres Lov). I have spent most of my baal teshuva experience learning Chabad Chassidus which I also love. I deeply feel connected to Bres Lov, in a spiritual way, but I have not found my true niche as a Bres Lov woman but I know my niche is in Bres Lov. I was directed to you in my quest to find my niche as a Bres Lov woman. Do you have shiur online? What is the best way for me to find my niche as a woman in Bres Lov? Open to all recommendations! Thank you!

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