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“The whole world is a very narrow bridge, and the main thing is not to be afraid” (Likutei Moharan Tinyana 48)

The first half of this sentence is often understood to be a warning about the extreme precariousness of the human experience and the dangers intrinsic to the soul’s foray into the physical realm. Then, despite the narrowness of this bridge we must cross – a reality often concealed by the intoxicating illusion of our traveling along a vast highway, the tzaddik tells us not to fear.

But sometimes, when the sun sinks below the final horizon and a moonless night sets in, I wonder whether Rebbe Nachman simply intends to comfort us. I wonder if he is telling us that although at times there seems to be no way at all to traverse the fearful expanse we are charged with crossing, there is indeed a bridge, albeit a very narrow one. And therefore, because there is a narrow bridge, there is no reason to fear.

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R’ Yaakov Klein is the founder of the Lost Princess Initiative, an author, musician, and lecturer devoted to sharing the inner light of Torah through his books, music, and lectures.

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