Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Never Give Up!

Chayei Moharan 565
Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, “Tzaddik” (Breslov Research Institute)

There was one extraordinary occasion when the Rebbe spoke in awesome terms about the greatness of the Creator. He spoke in a way that is impossible to describe in writing.

Then immediately afterwards he began to give encouragement, saying that even if a person experiences a tremendous fall, each one in his own way, he should still strengthen himself and never despair—because God's greatness is exalted even beyond the Torah,[i] and there is a place where everything can be corrected. For teshuvah, repentance, is beyond the Torah.

“But how can we achieve this?” I asked.

“It is possible to come to it,” he replied, “so long as you never despair or give up crying out, praying and pleading. The only thing is to cry out, to pray, to plead ... never ever tire of it. Eventually you will rise up from where you have fallen. The essence of teshuvah is to cry out to God.”[ii]

[i] See Likutey Moharan II, 78
[ii] Likutey Halakhos, Nedarim 4:16.

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