Faith & Trust

A Sacred Time – Av #6

The very name Av has important connotations. Av means father in Hebrew. We need to muster all our strength to turn to our Father in heaven during this month. On a simple level this means becoming less focused on the demands of the self and remembering that G-d is at the center of the universe, not me. The Talmud tells us that the Temple was destroyed due to gratuitous hatred, and hatred stems from self-focus. It follows that we rebuild it through gratuitous love—through love of the G-dly spark that exists within everyone.

Rabbeinu Bachaya explains that the word Av—spelled alef bet—is an acronym for emunah, faith, and bitachon, trust. We vitalize our emunah during this month through heartfelt prayer. When we feel so close to G-d that we have no worries, no fears, we have reached bitachon.

Heavenly Father! Please show me how to travel the path that leads to emunah and bitachonfaith and trust. Help me forgo all fears and worry, and instead make use of all of my challenges to build emunah and bitachon.

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 find that even if I have some degree of faith/trust, I still feel
    anxious because I’m afraid of physical/emotional/spiritual pain etc.,
    even if I know that it comes from G-D’s love for me and
    my ultimate spiritual good. So the serentity that should come
    from closeness to G-D seems to at least sometimes elude
    me. Any ideas how to deal with this?:)….Gary

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  2. There are no words to describe how booudicas this is.

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