Crossing the Narrow Bridge: Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom for Couples

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Rabbi Nachman of Breslov is often quoted in song as saying “Kol HaOlam Kulo, Gesher Tzar Meod,” (The entire world is a very narrow bridge). He then continued, stating that the main thing is not to be afraid – or the more accurate translation of his original writing, to not scare yourself. In relationships, as in life, fear is the obstacle which most blocks our way to happiness: fear of failure, loss of love, loss of money, death. And it is often our own thinking, not the reality, that creates the fear. Likewise, in changing our thinking, we can change our lives.

If we cross the narrow bridge always looking down at how far it is we can fall, we will indeed frighten ourselves. That fear can prevent us from crossing the bridge altogether, from reaching our goal, from getting to the other side. However, if we strive to look up to the Heavens, we can remind ourselves of HaShem’s presence in our lives and His desire for that which is only good for each and every one of us. To paraphrase Garden of Emuna by Rav Arush, emuna allows us to change our thinking about uncomfortable events in our life, knowing that if it is in our life, it is there for a purpose!

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