A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.
Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum
THE ESSENTIAL RABBI NACHMAN
Speak out your faith
Faith depends on a person’s mouth. We must say that we believe – say it out loud! “I will make Your faithfulness known with my mouth” (Psalms 89: 2 ).
When a person is experiencing a crisis of faith, or even passing doubts, it is very beneficial to say aloud: “I believe!” Simply giving expression to your faith in words is itself an act of faith, and this can bring you to true faith.
Likewise you should also be very careful never to say anything which implies even the slightest lack of faith, let alone total disbelief . Even if you are a believer in your heart, never express disbelief even as a joke – not even if you are merely quoting someone else to ridicule their opinion. To do this is very wrong and can be very damaging to your faith. Even as a joke it is forbidden say anything which implies disrespect of G-d.
Likutey Moharan II, 44
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“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov