Hand yourself over to Hashem

“Behold, I hereby give myself over”

“It is very good for a person to hand himself over to Hashem and to rely on Him when the day comes”.

The following is the wording of ‘giving oneself over’ and ‘connecting oneself’ that the Chassidei Breslov still say even today, based on the practice of Rav Yitzchak Breitter, one of the leaders of the Chassidei Breslov in Poland:

“Master of the World, I give myself over to You, all my actions, all of my thoughts and words and my eating, drinking, learning, praying and my breathing, and all those of my children and of all the other people who are dependent on me, of this day (specifying the day), that all of them will be according to Your will and desire for the good.”

We can add to this ‘giving oneself over’ by connecting ourselves to the true Tzaddikim, as follows:

“Behold, I connect myself and all my actions, all my thoughts and words and my eating, drinking, learning, praying and my breathing, and all those of my children and of all the other people who are dependent on me, to all of the true Tdaddikim in our generation, and to all of the true Tzaddikim who lie in the dust, and in particular, to Rabbi Nachman the son of Simcha and Faige”.

This is a very good thing. Afterwards, we don’t need to be concerned at all about anything, because we are relying on Hashem, and if Hashem wanted us to do something different, we would also want to act differently, according to Hashem’s will.

(Sichot Ha Ran, chapter 2.)

This is the way that the Chassidim were able to be happy all day long, because they knew with complete trust that Hashem was guiding them and directing them according to His will, for the very best. They didn’t tire themselves out by spending all day checking and investigating every small thing, because too much investigation can lead one to confusion and error. Rather, they would go about their lives with simplicity, emuna and for the sake of heaven.

Of course, we still need to fix a time to do cheshbon nefesh, but then for the rest of the day we need to be happy. This is the concept of giving oneself over and having trust in Hashem. ‘I will do what is mine to do and know that Hashem runs the world’. This is a big concept that over time relieves a person from his all his worries, and ultimately leads to a place of great happiness where he’s free to just serve Hashem.

Excerpted from: “From the Depths: Advice on how to deal with the challenges of everyday life, from the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov“, by Rav Ofer Erez.

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