Being of Service

A Sacred Time – Tevet 3

The month of Tevet is the heart of winter and it represents the hard times that we all have to endure on occasion. The days are short, the nights are long, and we run the risk of falling into “the winter of our discontent.” I might feel weighed down by shame or guilt; I might feel paralyzed with sadness. What does the month of Tevet have to teach me, so that I can pull myself out of such enervating and toxic emotions?

The word Tevet can be arranged to read titav—“do good.” Sometimes, the best way to get out of negative emotion is to move the focus away from my bad feelings and set my mind instead on being of service to others. Surely, I can still bring myself to do an act of kindness for another person. “This world is built on kindness”—the act of chessed, even a small one, has the potential to uplift me and make me aware of my goodness and what I have to contribute. It can bring me into a new and better world.

When my eyes are focused on how I can help others, dangerous self-absorption melts away. Being of service is a source of joy that’s always available to me, because there are always people around me who are in need of kindness.

All Merciful G-d! Please help me transform my feelings of bitterness through acts of kindness. Instead of thinking of myself, help me focus on others, forgetting my own shortcomings by building the world, one act of kindness at a time. 

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 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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  1. I just need to deeply thankyou for the beautiful and practical teachings you are giving in your site and in this newsletter

    I’m not jewish but I do honestly seek God, trying to do all that I can to become a better “Mensch”, and overcame the difficulties of the ego and of the character in general.
    It was only in the Jewish teachings that I am finding all the answers to the so many doubts that simple and pious answers do not answer. An incredibly and immense correspondence I found in Rebbe Nachman. I can’t stop being so surprised everytime he gives teachings which are always what I need, to understand better what I should do.
    Especially in this article today (received in the newsletter) I found a profound relief and direction: thankyou thankyou thankyou!
    May God bless you for what you are doing in trying to help us all!

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