Sacred Time – A New Beginning – Shavuot

Sacred Time Sivan #2

A New Beginning

It is customary to read the book of Ruth on Shavuos. Rav Nosson cites an explanation for this from the sages and then applies it to our personal service of G-d. When the Torah was given, the entire Jewish people were like converts. This was a very exciting time; it was the very beginning of our relationship with Hashem as keepers of His Torah. We read about Ruth since she left everything behind to cleave to Hashem through her conversion.

On Shavuos we renew our deep, unbreakable connection with Hashem. We attain a fresh outlook and open our eyes. We begin to move towards an enhanced view of the spiritual side of life. We become like a newborn child, clear in our goals and positive. Even though we encounter difficulties and fall, we attain the staying power to keep getting up. When a toddler falls, does he sit in the dust feeling sorry for himself? Despite disappointment, his goal to walk remains fixed in his mind’s eye, and he keeps trying until he gets there. Giving up doesn’t even enter his mind.

This renewal gives us the energy to keep trying, no matter what happens. Even if I fall a million times I know that Hashem (and in a sense His Torah) want me to pick myself up, dust off and keep doing whatever I can.

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. Rebetzin always wonderful to learn from you!
    with love
    refaela (from brazil) !

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