There Is No Place Away From Him.

Meshivat Nefesh #51

What do we mean when we say that we feel far from God?

How can far even apply to God, who is absolutely everywhere?

One of the Names that we use for God is “HaMakom”—The Place. The sages taught, “He is the Place of the world, but the world is not His Place.” All places are rooted in Him, but He is not confined by space at all.

If I feel far, it’s because I’ve forgotten that God is The Place of the World—there is no place that is away from Him. And if that’s the case, then all I need to do to feel close again…is to remember that right here, no matter where I am or what I’m going through, I am already in the Place where He is.

Blessed Makom of all the worlds,
Please help me to remember always
that no place is away from You.
When I hold this thought in my mind
I immediately feel that I am
right here, in the light of Your Presence.
I am in the Right Place.
(Likutey Halachot, Hilchot Tzitzit 3:9)

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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