Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Life

From Sichot HaRan 98 (also found in Likutey Moharan I, 184).
Translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom (Breslov Research Institute), pp. 228-229

Winter is pregnancy and summer is birth.

The Rebbe then spoke wondrous words, but they were mostly forgotten. He spoke of the summer which was then approaching. This took place in Nisan, shortly before Pesach, on the third day after the bris (circumcision) of the Rebbe’s son, Shlomo Ephriam, of blessed memory (prior to Rosh Chodesh Nisan 5565, March 1805).

The Rebbe then said that in the winter all plants and grasses die. Their strength is dissipated and they are like the dead. But when the summer comes, they awaken and return to life.

It is written (Genesis 24:63), “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field.” The Talmud teaches us that this meditation was prayer (Berakhos 25b).

When summer begins to approach it is very good to meditate in the fields. This is a time when you can pray to G-d with longing and yearning.

Meditation and prayer is SIChah. A bush of the field is a SlaCh (Genesis 2:5). When every bush (SlaCh) of the field begins to return to life and grow, they all yearn to be included
in prayer and meditation (SIChah).

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