The Light of Gratitude

The final days of Chanukah always fall out during the beginning of the month of Tevet. The last day is known as Zot Chanukah, “this is Chanukah,” since it is the culmination of the many rectifications of this precious holiday.

The Oneg Shabbat explains that by the final day of Chanukah we have lit the Chanukah lights for the final time that year. All that remains is for us to thank and praise the Almighty, which fills our entire year with the spirit and light of gratitude. I begin to feel genuinely grateful for the many gifts G-d gives me at all times. On Chanukah—which also means education—we inaugurate our year so we will continually offer our sincere thanksgivings to G-d.

Almighty G-d: Please light up my year with the light of Chanukah! Show me how completely powerless I am to penetrate my occasional dark moments and help me turn to You and beg that You light my path for me. Let me recall how much you support me at all times and remember that this is Your kindness, not my right. Thank You so much for this and please, please continue providing life and health, children and a good livelihood to all who seek You. 
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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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