The Precious Point

 

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

“Every Jew possesses something precious, some point that his friend lacks… Like the tzaddik, every single Jew wields influence upon others through his words. Each person possesses some virtue that is lacking in his friend. Speech is the means through which he can share it.””
(Likutei Moharan I:34)

 

What does this mean to me?
G-d placed us in a world of relationships, and many times we find that the relationships are hierarchical—we share, someone else receives. Sometimes—even with the same partner—the roles are reversed; they share, and we receive. When the point at issue is my unique virtue, I can share and my friend can learn and be encouraged by me. Sometimes I look at my friend and see how much more developed she is in a particular area, so I humbly and gladly accept whatever guidance she can offer. Rebbe Nachman calls this, “receiving from the nekudah of the friend, from the point in which she is a tzaddik compared to me.”

 

A prayer:

 

G-d of wisdom,
teach me the right words.
Teach me the very words
that will touch the hearts
and souls
of others.
When a friend needs
my understanding ear,
teach me the words to say
that will strengthen,
that will encourage,
that will express
only my love
and concern.

(From The Gentle Weapon*, p. 32)

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Comments:
All these short messages I take as a love note from Hashem. May I not be weak. Hashem, be strong in my life.
B.

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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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