Spiritual Economics

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

When a person “provides” for G-d with his prayers, G-d, in turn, provides for him his sustenance.
(Likutey Moharan I:9)

 

What does this mean to me?
The use of the terms “provide” when talking about our relationship with G-d can’t be understood superficially, since it is clear that we don’t have the power to give anything to G-d that He doesn’t already possess, nor does He require anything that we could possible give. However, there is one means through which we are able to make our contribution. By willingly seeking out connection with G-d, especially through prayer, we activate our free will and do our part in carrying out the purpose of creation. Since the universe was created because G-d sought to make for Himself “a dwelling place in the lower worlds”—to have G-dly awareness illuminate places where it is not obvious—we also have a role to play.

 

A prayer:

Please, G-d, send us our livelihood
Before we are in need.

Grant it with plenty and in an upright way,
Easily and honorably,
So that we do not have to rely on others.

In Your mercy, give us all we need
So that we are able to fulfill Your will.

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(Between me and You, p. 76)

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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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