Bereishit – The Power of Renewal

We can easily tap into the awesome power of renewal, which is especially apropos now at the beginning of a new Jewish year...

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Moshe Neveloff

Posted on 07.10.19

Here we go! A new year, a new idea. 



After spending several years translating other people’s articles on Rebbe Nachman’s teachings, I want to try a new idea this year: Sharing a teaching each week on the weekly Torah portion or a special time of the year based upon Rebbe Nachman’s teachings. 



A new year, a new idea  this is exactly what I wanted to discuss a little bit, the idea of renewal. Finding the strength and courage to try something new or trying again to accomplish something which we might have given up on a long time ago. Starting over. After finishing the yearly reading of the Torah a few days ago on Simchat Torah, we are starting again this coming Shabbat, Parshat Bereshit. Bereshit tells of the creation of the world and the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but I’d like to focus on the first word- Bereshitwhich means in the beginning. Beginning again. 



Rebbe Nachman teaches in the final lesson which he gave during his lifetime – on Rosh Hashana in the year 1810, a few weeks before he passed away during the holiday of Succot (Likutei Moharan II, 8– that through connecting to a great Tzaddik, and by following his advice and teachings, a person can merit complete faith, which he says is believing in the constant renewal of the world.  



G-d created the world from absolutely nothing and He continues to renew the world each day. The power and the inspiration to be able to find renewal can be found in the writings of the Tzaddik, who has the aspect of prophecy, a divine spirit. We all can connect to those teachings on our level and feel anew vitality and rebirth through these teachings. This year and this day are a completely new creation, even though to our eyes it seems similar to yesterday or to just a month ago, when it was still 5779. However, everything is truly new. This means that just as this reality of renewal exists in the world all the time, so too, we can connect to this power of renewal in our lives, every day.  



Many times, we start off a new year with a lot of ideas and goals and fresh inspiration, and then at a certain point, due to obstacles or just the monotonous routine we might experience in daily life, we let those goals and new ideas slip away. We also get stuck in regrets about the past instead of trying to start again.  



That is exactly why renewal, or hitchadshut, is so critical. It doesn’t matter if I wanted to learn something every day for a few minutes and I missed yesterday or the past week; right now I’m starting over, right now I can make a fresh start and go forward. Just say to yourself: “Right now, I am making a new beginning!” Rabbi Nachman testified about himself that he did this many, many times a day – and we too can tap into this awesome power of simply starting over. 



This is also one of the powerful aspects of daily personal prayer or meditation every day. Every day, we indeed find that our lives and what we are going through is different, and every day the words and prayers we need at that time are new. We can express ourselves anew every day before G-d. This is a major principle which Rebbe Nachman teaches us – don’t despair, keep trying, and keep starting anew! 



(This article was inspired by a class from Rav Erez Moshe Doron on Likutei HalachotHilchot Shluchin, 5th lesson) 





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1. Sheva


This year I was quite ill. I was in the hospital four times. Once for surgery to remove a tumor from my bladder. The second time to stop the bleeding from the side effect of the surgery. The third and fourth times for treating a blood cancer lymphoma. I have been taking chemotherapy medicine for the past seven months. One more treatment in a few weeks. In addition I lost most of my hearing in my right ear. Wow, I wasn’t sure I would gain my strength back. Today I appreciate all my family and friends, especially my husband, Gershon, for helping me get through it all. I feel like HaShem has given me a new life. I feel thankful for all the doctors and nurses for their dedication and engagement. Being sick was a difficult trial to go through. Recuperating and gaining back my strength is an awesome journey of renewal. HaShem gives us the ability to renew ourselves in physically, emotionally and spiritually. Moshe, thank you for helping me reflect on the year with your meaningful teachings and heartfelt Torah.

2. Gershon Weissman


Thank you Moshe for this timely and timeless teaching!! Your message is inspiring and encouraging to me as I try to focus on today going forward rather than on yesterday’s mistakes and missteps! Thanks!

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