This Too Shall Pass

A Sacred Time

Tammuz 2

The word Tammuz forms a simple two-word phrase in Hebrew that imparts one of the essential lessons of life: “Tam zu”—“This will end.”

Everything changes and ends as time goes on—that’s a natural part of life. The inner and outer challenges that I face today will not be my lot forever.  As my circumstances change, I am altered along with them. When I have a hard time making the simple attitude adjustment necessary to be positive, it is usually because I’m in tunnel-vision, where I can’t see more than a few feet in front of me. At such moments, I need to remember how many times G-d helped me to navigate through obstacles that seemed impossible. Those memories empower me to keep on going.

Rebbe Nachman said that the past and the future hold us back. We need to connect to G-d in the present by focusing on what we can do in the here and now. We need to internalize the lesson of Tamuztam zu. The past is over, and the future is not yet here…so why worry? Why fixate on frustrations of the past and fears for the future, when we can mitigate them by living in the here and now?

Dear G-d, help me internalize the lesson of Tammuz, that everything passes. Please show me that the only way to rectify my past and improve my future is by living in the present and doing whatever good I can right now. Because now is really all I have.

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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