Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…
The Torah helps us to discover and connect with G-d’s wisdom that is hidden within all of creation. The Torah, then, confers “chein”—grace and charm—upon those who study it. It is this grace that allows our prayers to be heard on high.
(Likutei Moharan I:1)
What does this mean to me?
In the first lesson of Rebbe Nachman’s magnum opus, Likutey Moharan, we learn that Torah study is meant to change the way that we look at the world so that we can better see the hidden Divine wisdom within all that exists. When we connect to this wisdom and allow it to alter us, we become filled with a light that is appealing to G-d as well as to others. Then, the words that we use when we ask G-d and other people for help are accepted; their “chein” makes them find favor in the eyes of everyone. Instead of thinking that making a successful “pitch”—in prayer or in anything else in life—depends upon external polish, Rebbe Nachman suggests that we realize it stems from the inner quality of grace that is born of true wisdom.
A prayer:
Loving G-d, full of goodness and mercy,
Please have compassion
And shine down Your kindness upon us.
Help us speak only truthful words
Which are full of charm,
So that they have chein not only in Your sight
But in the eyes of others, too.
May these words enhance the way others see us
So that our requests enter their hearts
And are listened to and accepted.
When we speak to You,
May our prayers also be accepted
Because our words have chein and enter Your heart,
Bringing favor and delight
To the throne of Your glory.

(Between me & You, p. 110)

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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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