Endless Possibilities

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

“No matter how far you’ve strayed, returning to G-d is always possible.
Agree therefore that there is absolutely no place for despair.”

(The Empty Chair*, p. 111)


What does this mean to me?
“Never despair!” was Rebbe Nachman’s clarion call to our generation. Looking ahead to a time when the Jewish world would suffer from spiritual malaise and what seem to be insurmountable obstacles to fulfilling our spiritual potential and destiny, he offered “the remedy before the illness.” Despair is a human failing, and its underlying assumption is that since the solution is mine to devise and carry out, when I am stuck deep in a hole there is just no hope. Rebbe Nachman taught that, quite the contrary—the solution and its implementation is produced hand in hand with G-d, and even if I am in the hole, G-d is never limited. With Him, everything is possible.


A prayer:

“G-d, You’ve given me
the physical, emotional
and spiritual will
to overcome so many obstacles
that have risen before me.
How many times have I faced
what I perceived to be
impossible, hopeless situations
and withstood them—
and discovered creative solutions
through which to surmount
and master them.
You’ve strengthened me
again and again.
I know that You
will never fail me.”

(The Gentle Weapon, p. 91*)

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*“The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy – Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff and The Breslov Research Institute, 1994. Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, www.jewishlights.com.

*“The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-So-Everyday Moments – Timeless Wisdom from the Teachings of the Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff & S.C. Mizrahi with the Breslov Research Institute, 1999.  Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, www.jewishlights.com.

Author: Yehudis Golshevsky

Mrs. Yehudis Golshevsky is a graduate of Yavne Teacher’s Seminary in Cleveland and SUNY Buffalo. She is a Breslov Chassidiste who lives with her very patient and forgiving family in Jerusalem and has taught Breslov Chassidus (and many other subjects) and worked in Torah publishing for nearly twenty years. Recent projects include the new Holocaust history textbook, “Witness to History;” Erez Moshe Doron’s commentary on The Exchanged Children; content and curricula for Project Derech of Toronto; translations of Rabbi Berland’s lessons and prayers for shuvubonim.org; editing of the stories for Daf Digest and Mishnah Berurah Digest; and editing of the weekly translations of Rav Itche Meir Morgenstern’s shiurim for Toras Chochom. In her spare time, she does battle with foreign bureaucracy and general pin-headedness in Ukraine so that she can have the privilege of bringing other women to Uman and other kivrei tzaddikim. She also likes to joke around—just ask her students.

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