Our Dvar Torah: “Dwelling Within Constant Hitbodedut”
Our words matter!
Our intentions matter!
Our actions matter!
Preferably these three work in tandem. That is to say, our words reflecting our true intentions and our intentions or kavanah moving us to action.
In an effort to bring our intentions into useful action some people make vows to G-d. Concerning vows, let's read Sparks of Chasidut in this weeks parsha from the Gutnick Chumash, page 1075
Concerning this Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum explains that:The vow Jacob made upon inaugurating the House of G-d is the paradigm of all the different "vows" or commitments we make involving some kind of self-restraint and sacrifice in order to elevate ourselves spiritually and elicit G-d's protection. These acts of self-sacrifice send up ascending angels, drawing down descending angels of blessing. The foundation of devotion is our COMMITMENT (but without actual vows).
So with this in mind, let's learn as Reb Noson explains Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's stress on the importance of our words in prayer for one who wishes to know true joy and divine benediction.
We turn now to Rabbi Israel Dov Odesar's translation of Rebbe Nachman's Magnum Opus, Likutey Moharan, Book 2, lesson 96. It is in volume 3, page 337 in the three volume set. This wonderful translation is available at Breslovbooks.com.
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