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Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Jewish Lights is releasing a new book by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky in July with inspiring quotes from Jewish sources and personal reflections to help one focus on their spiritual life: Life’s Daily Blessings: Inspiring Reflections on Gratitude and Joy for Every Day, Based on Jewish Wisdom. An appropriate book for these difficult times! We’ve received permission from Jewish Lights to offer you a dose of today’s “Daily Blessing” from Rabbi Olitzky’s new title:

Finding the Path
April 21
Give me direction on life’s roads.
PSALM 16:11

This is one of the great psalms from the book of Psalms. It is also one of the psalms in what Rabbi Nachman of Breslov called a tikkun k’lali, “a general remedy.” Reb Nachman taught that if this group of psalms (16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, and 150) were read in this order, the individual could actually be delivered from sin. But the individual must also make a commitment to not return to a previous life of sinning.

When facing major decisions–or even minor ones–some people simply pray to God and ask for direction. Some people pray for the answer to a specific question. Others ask for more general insight. But all these approaches have one thing in common: dialogue with the Divine brings clarity to our own thinking. Maybe that is why this text is part of Reb Nachman’s general remedy. It is a blessing for all that ails you.

Blessing is from Life’s Daily Blessings: Inspiring Reflections on Gratitude and Joy for Every Day, Based on Jewish Wisdom (c) 2009 Kerry M. Olitzky (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing). Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, P.O. Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091,

For more information about the title, please visit here.

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