Stand Firm!

Hold On! Stand Firm!
Meshivat Nefesh #27
I remember being told when I was young that it wasn’t good to be stubborn, that’s it’s a character flaw. But Rebbe Nachman taught that, when it comes to Divine service, sometimes you have to be a “big akshan”—really stubborn.

So instead of thinking of it as stubbornness, maybe it’s better to think of it as persistence, tenacity, firmness, or resolve. Whatever I choose to call it, I’m going to need to have that capacity within me, because the life of the spirit is filled with natural ups and downs. And during the downs, I need to be able to stand firm and stick to my principles, no matter what…I’m going to need to be a big akshan!
Everlasting God,
Please fill me with the positive persistence
that I need to follow the spiritual path that I set for myself.
Good intentions are not enough to see me through,
and sometimes the obstacles that I face are enough
to make me want to give up.
Please strengthen my resolve
and help me to stand firm,
when firmness is needed.
(Based on Likutey Moharan II:48)

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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