Strong Faith

We only speak of faith when the one who believes does not know why he believes. But even so, for the believer himself the thing he believes in is perfectly clear and obvious to him — as if he saw it with his own eyes. This is because his faith is so strong (LM 62: 5).

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov; Rabbi Nathan of Breslov. Advice – Likutey Etzot (p. 30). Breslov Research Institute. Kindle Edition.

G-d is All and All is G-d

“G-d is all and all is G-d” (Rebbe Isaac of Homil)

“G-d is all” means that nothing exists except G-d. “All is G-d” means that G-d’s very essence appears in everything. This constitutes the Divine soul’s “run and return” – it’s cycle of ascent and descent.

To only run (saying only “G-d is all”) results in nihilism. To do nothing but return (saying only, “all is G-d”) results in pantheism. Running and returning together elevate everything to its root in Divine nothingness.

Although G-d is all, the world, paradoxically does exist. And although all is G-d, our physical senses deceive us in this “world of deceit.” (Tanchuma Emor 10)

The moral: stay here, but don’t take what you see at face value.

The Wondering Jew, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

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