Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Sweetening the Harsh Judgments
From Lazer Brody's wonderful Lazer Beams blog today [lightly edited]:
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches us an easy way to rid ourselves of harsh judgments, as follows: Music sweetens harsh judgments. If you begin singing the words of your prayers with feeling and in a clear voice, you'll be actually robing the Holy Shechina (Divine Presence) in radiant garments. I do this all the time; almost every morning, I sing (after Baruch She'amar) Psalm 100 - Mizmor L'Todah or "A Song of Thanks" to [a] tune...That puts the rest of my morning prayers in an upbeat groove.
Listen Yossi, if you'll work with me, we can pull you out of the dumps in less than an hour. Learn this niggun - it's Rebbe Nachman's Lecha Dodi played by my wonderful friends from Simply Tzfat. Now, if you go out to a park or for a walk along the river, and apply the words of Tefilla L'Ani (Psalm 102) to the above niggun, within two minutes the tears will be streaming down your face, you'll be praying from the heart, and you'll be breaking the back of all the harsh judgments against you. Watch how your entire life takes a turn for the better from a few minutes of meaningful prayer with a niggun...
The entire post is here. Thanks again, Reb Lazer!