Just Passing Through

This world is only the ante-chamber, the place of preparation, leading to the World to Come. Only when we understand that the soul is living and enduring, that its sojourn in a transitory body in a transitory world is a preparation for something higher, can we begin to make sense of the things people go through in this world.

Garden of the Souls: Rebbe Nachman on Suffering, by Avraham Greenbaum


Strong Desire

The type of advice that heals both the heart and the soul and that continuously builds the world can only be found through having a strong desire. Therefore, the essence is for our hearts to truly yearn for our Father in Heaven, for as soon as we achieve that yearning, every aspect of creation alters and transforms itself just for us, to help us draw closer to the Creator (Hashem).

From the Depths: From the Teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, by Rabbi Ofer Erez


Each Day Is Different

Make certain to fill your mind with the fact that you have “only today.” For then you will perceive how each day will pass in an entirely different fashion.

If a person is constantly concentrating on tomorrow, he will in the interim waste and misuse the time that he has. His thoughts will center on the belief that “there is always time until tomorrow.”

He wastes all of today, and it disappears without anything done.

Only Today: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov


Going Beyond Nature

Through prayer we have the power to channel G-d’s providence in a way that goes beyond nature. Nature may dictate one thing but prayer has the power to change nature.

Yehoram, king of Israel, said to Gehazi, “Please tell me the great things that Elisha did” (II Kings 8:4), for “Whatever Elisha did, he accomplished through prayer” (Megilah 27a).

Thus prayer, which gives us access to the realm of miracles and providence, the very opposite of nature, is “great.”

Avraham Greenbaum, The Essential Rabbi Nachman

Annihilate Your Ego

“The whole earth is filled with His glory” (Isaiah 6: 3)

The main thing is to nullify every one of your personality traits. You must strive to do so until you have totally obliterated your ego, rendering it into absolute nothingness before G-d.

Begin with one trait and annihilate it completely. Then work on your other traits, one at a time, until they are totally nonexistent.

As you annihilate your ego, G-d’s glory will begin to shine through and be revealed.

Reb Noson of Breslov; Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom #136


Within The Pain

Rabbi Nachman once commented that if we knew how truly kind G-d is to us, we would realize that even when He deals with us harshly, He is still showing us His love. Something positive can be found within any pain, as the verse says, “You have relieved me in my distress” (Psalm 4:2). Beside the fact that we hope G-d will deliver us from all our afflictions and be gracious to us, it is possible to discern His love even within the pain itself. (Likutei Moharan  I: 195)

In All Your Ways: Collected Discourses of Rabbi Yaakov Meir Shechter