Shabbat Joy

Elul 18/August 24, 2013 [Shabbat] –

Dispel the weekday heaviness by preparing for Shabbat.  Suffuse your preparations with the extraordinary joy of Shabbat. Then the pathways to God will open wide to receive your mitzvahs – even those that are far from perfect, those made heavy by the absence of your own heart will lift you up to God.

(Reb Nachman of Bratzlav, Likutey Moharan II, 2:5)

 

For reflection: It is easy to be drawn into an aura of browbeating during this month.  Remember that this preparation and soul work has the ultimate purpose of drawing us nearer to God’s presence, to experience the joy and wonder of the world and of this life. Be sure to open yourself to some joy today.

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