Borrow Happiness

A Sacred Time
Nissan 1

Our sages tell us that just like the first redemption took place during the month of Nissan, and that’s when the final redemption will also unfold. The Tikkunei Zohar reveals that we will sing a new and completely unique song in the future. Reb Nosson explains that although the exact nature of this song isn’t yet known to us, it is clear that the ultimate future—ushered in with Nissan—promises to be a time of great joy. And so there’s no time like the present; we can, and should, start on the path of joy right now. Our hopeful anticipation of singing this redemption song is enough to fill us with joy even now.

On looking around at where I am and what’s going on around me, I sometimes feel far from this. Even my good points can get to looking a little lackluster! But Reb Nosson teaches me that I can always borrow joy from the ultimate future. Every difficult passage will be explained by Moshiach; he’s going to have very good commentary to share with me on all of the stories of my life. It can be hard to see right now just how it’s all been for my good…but I’m looking forward to the time when I’ll be singing a new song.

Dear G-d, please help me! Sometimes I feel so far from You! I know I have so much good inside of me on many levels, but sometimes feel unable to connect to it. Help me internalize that it’s always possible to rejoice, even if the joy must be borrowed from the future. Even though this might feel artificial to me at the beginning, if I just do my best on whatever level I can I trust that You’ll help me up and out of the state I’m in so that I will slowly connect to feelings of deep joy and serenity. 

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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