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A Sacred Time

Sivan 4

The letter associated with Sivan is zayin; it has a numerical value of seven since it is the seventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The deeper works point out that Moshe was the seventh generation of the G-dly revelation of the Jewish people, beginning with Abraham.

Our beloved forefather Avraham taught every person an essential lesson in Divine service. The verse states, “Abraham was one”—he was known as Avraham Ha’Ivri not only because he was a “Hebrew,” a grandson of Ever, but because he lived a life of total moral and spiritual independence. “The entire world stood on one side of the river, and he was across [mei’ever] the other side of it.”

Rebbe Nachman explains that every person must be willing to face the entire world to do what he knows is right. This is the spiritual inheritance of Avraham—to have the courage to follow the right path even if the entire world ranges itself against you. When the goal is real, is true, our spark from Avraham is what empowers us to follow it no matter what obstacles we face. All of those seven generations of tzaddikim walked Avraham’s path until they culminated in Moshe, the deliverer of the Torah itself.

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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