Jewish New Year Message – God Belongs to You, Prayer Belongs to You

  • The body is given to each soul to watch over and to build within it a tabernacle a place for God.
  • There is no island onto itself.  Every part of this world is part of the whole. 
  • God is One the Almighty omnipotent who hears prayer and answers prayers.

This week the Jewish people celebrated the New Year on their Lunar Calendar.  In many congregations in Synagogues throughout the world they gathered together performing their ritual services. It is a great feeling to be united as a group, a people in unity. The unity of the Jewish people is that they are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The story of the Jewish people is written in the Bible.

Besides the message about unity of mankind and world peace written in a Prayer for Peace by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov one of the founders of Chassidism; he gave for all of mankind another message which is: GOD BELONGS TO YOU; PRAYER BELONGS TO YOU.

In May 1810, a fire broke out in Bratslav, destroying Rebbe Nachman’s home. A group of maskilim (Jews belonging to the secular Haskalah [Enlightenment] movement) living in Uman invited him to live in their town, and provided housing for him as his illness worsened. Many years before, Rebbe Nachman had passed through Uman and told his disciples, “This is a good place to be buried.” He was referring to the cemetery where 2000 (or by some accounts as many as 20,000) Jewish martyrs of the Haidamak Massacre of Uman of 1768 were buried. Rebbe Nachman died of tuberculosis at the age of 38 on the fourth day of Sukkot 1810, and was buried in that cemetery.
Faith in God is given to mankind as a gift, to know that there is a father in heaven who is the creator of the universe. God is One the Almighty omnipotent who hears prayer and answers prayers.

God belongs to the Jewish people as he belongs to every nation in the world that is a nation under God. God belongs to each congregation which pray together.  Most important is the message given by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov: GOD BELONGS TO YOU; PRAYER BELONGS TO YOU.

To implement this message in the life of every human being Rabbi Nachman gave the instructions: Pray to God in you own language, your own words, from your heart. Make a part of your day for personal prayer. In your personal prayer ask God for whatever you need to succeed in life. Each person is given by the Chassidic Master Rabbi Nachman of Breslov SPIRITUAL FREEDOM.

There is no island onto itself.  Every part of this world is part of the whole.  Each island and every place exists separately and has a separate name: New York, London, Moscow, Central Park, and Disneyland.  Your GPS can locate it; and guide you to this place. Each person created in the image of God has a separate name and connection to God; as well as being part of the whole world. This is a Bible message.  In the Garden of Eden Adam gave names to all the living creatures in the Garden like it says Genesis 2:20, “And Adam gave names to all the animals, birds of the heavens, and living creatures which was their name.

The name which each person is given is his individual place of prayer; his own body belongs to him.  Just like Adam was given the job to watch over the Garden of Eden; it is the job of each person to watch over his personal garden given to him by God. GOD BELONGS TO YOU; PRAYER BELONGS TO YOU. The body is the possession of the soul. The world and each place in the world has a name which is its essence. Our home is the planet earth in the universe with an infinite amount of stars in the heavens. Our star is the sun.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) We live in an eternal world above and below. The names can sometimes be changed or replaced but they are remembered forever in the Book of God the Bible which is eternal.

Jews traveled from all over the world to the city of Uman in the Ukraine where is buried Rabbi Nachman to hear this message which is also the message of PJS.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.
http://www.worldunitypeace.org

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