Total Concealment

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Meshivat Nefesh #6

Concealment within Concealment

Sometimes G-d’s presence seems completely hidden from us.

Rebbe Nachman called this “first-degree concealment.” Even though I might be in a place where I feel distant from G-d and cannot find Him, I still know that what I’m experiencing is a concealment of His presence.

But there’s also “second-degree concealment,” where it’s possible to lose sight of anything being hidden.

In the first state, I can feel pained by my distance from G-d because even if I feel far I still know that He’s there.

In the second, I no longer feel far at all, because the concealment itself is hidden from me.

The sages spoke about this as, “If someone repeats a sin, it starts to seem as though it’s permitted to him.” The state of concealment itself becomes hidden.
Beloved G-d,
Even if I’m in a place right now that feels so far from You,
please help me from falling into the second degree of concealment.
It seems sometimes like that state might be easier, might be less painful
than to live as I do, knowing that You’re there but I still feel far.
But then I remember that if I forget that You’re hidden,
I’m in danger of stopping searching for You.
(Based on Likutey Moharan I:56)

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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