Posted on Aug 31, 2018 | 2 comments

We all make mistakes and break things in our life, but life also breaks us. We’ve all been broken in one way or another. We have all experienced broken promises or broken relationships; we have experienced the loss of a job or the loss of a loved one.

Different people react in a different manner to the hurt that inevitably accompanies breakage. Some people are devastated. Others grow because of it.

Some people have strength, some don’t. And there is a reason why. A tree that doesn’t fall over in a storm is a tree that was strong before the storm. The storm just revealed the strength of the trees. But a tree with no roots may be able to stand up in normal weather, but it breaks when a storm strikes.

And yet, the miracle of creation is that, paradoxically, the more broken you are now the more whole you have the chance to become.

The Rebbes teach that there is nothing as complete as a broken heart. When your heart is broken, you are in a place that is real.

Why is a broken wall the holiest place for Jews (Israel)? Why do Jews (Israel) stand and pray at a broken wall when there are such beautiful edifices around? Because, Jews (Israel) know that this isn’t a perfect world. As long as the world is not perfect, Jews (Israel) cannot stand in a beautiful edifice. Jews (Israel) can only stand and cry at a broken wall.

The illusion of perfect edifices in an imperfect world makes us feel good. But it is an illusion nevertheless—good for Hollywood and Broadway, but it’s not reality.

The reality is that the world is a broken place—it’s a broken place full of broken people whose job is to mend what is broken.

Ask yourself: When is the last time you felt that your heart was broken? Did you feel more alone or closer to G-d when you acknowledge that to yourself?

Exercise for the day:

In your prayers today, describe to G-d your broken heart and explain why it is broken.


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  1. 9-1-2018

    I love reading your posts Pam. They are so true and they are so uplifting and encouraging. Thank you for your honesty and your God given insights.

    • 9-6-2018

      Thank you so much Sheila….you are the blessing!

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