Grant Me A Heart Of Flesh

The name of this month, Cheshvan, can also be read choshen, the breastplate that the High Priest wore over his heart. The breastplate symbolizes having a feeling heart imbued with holiness and caring, which is the foundation of our humanity. Rebbe Nachman said that we are called Breslover Chassidim since the word Breslov can be rearranged “lev basar”—“a heart of flesh.” The most important organ is the heart. The High Priest covered his heart with the breastplate which contained twelve gems, one for each of the twelve tribes. This was a poignant reminder that he needed to judge every person favorably and perceive every human being for the gem we all are.

I beseech you, is Master of the world, please grant me a feeling heart, a heart of flesh. Let me feel the holiness of every human soul and see the wonder of its nature. Show me how to be caring and mature me into a sympathetic human being.  

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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