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A Sacred Time – Av #5

As the Month of Av draws to its close, we consider how to repair the ruins of the Temple. We need Mashiach, our righteous redeemer, to pull the world out of the flaming conflagration of greed and corruption that threatens to consume it. In a world where no one needs to be hungry or lack shelter, so many people suffer from poverty and lack. What prevents this world from being the paradise that it could be? Our own human failings.

The positive side of this is, of course, that when people change themselves, they hold the key to changing the world too. The Baal Shem Tov, z”l, would say that the first stage in bringing the redemption is in discovering my personal redemption; by fixing my many spiritual weaknesses, I do my part to bring Mashiach. Rebbe Nachman, z”l, explains that we must do this one day at a time.

The verse states, ‘Today, if you will listen to My voice.’  This means that each person should focus only on today. It is hard to accept to keep to the straight and narrow for a long period. But anyone can upgrade their actions for only one day. By focusing only on the twenty-four hours in which I live right now, I am able to rectify my many defects a little at a time.

My Creator! Please help me see that I prepare the world for Mashiach by living in the moment. Let me see that every second is a one-time, priceless opportunity to fix the world.

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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