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
The cry of the heart
The word K a ShYA – a “difficulty” or “question” – consists of the initial letters of the verse ” Sh ‘ma Y -K-V-K K oli E kra: Hear, G-d, my voice – I cry….” (Psalms 27:7).
When you cry out in your heart, this itself is an aspect of faith. You may have many doubts and questions, but when you cry out in your heart it shows that you still have a spark of true faith.
Without this spark you would not cry out at all. Your very cry is therefore an aspect of faith. Understand this.
This cry can also bring you to faith. The cry itself is an aspect of faith , but it is still very weak. Yet this very cry can elevate and strengthen your faith until all your questions disappear.
Even if you have not yet attained this, the cry itself is very beneficial.
Sichot Haran #146
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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