Kabbalah of the Serenity Prayer

Rebbe Nachman On the Serenity Prayer
— From the King and the Emperor

All the repairs are made from Rosh Hashanah
until the Eighth day of Assembly [Shemini Atzeret]
the unification made on Simchat Torah
when Chava Eve and Adam are united
face to face
after having been created back to back.
The Holy One separated Adam and Eve
to reunite them at the end of the 22 days
on Simchat Torah
the time of the wedding
the dancing like the dancing
the Holy One performed for Adam HaRishon
the first Adam
— the wedding party
of holy angels and chariots
descending for the dance.

Through these 22 days
we each merit
our true matches
each Adam for his Chava
each Chava for her Adam –

So it is on Rosh Hashanah
that Adam and Chava
travel to Uman.
It was there that the chair
the Rebbe saw in heaven was created
the one that held all the matches in the world inscribed on it.
He asked
how wilI I make a living?

You will be a matchmaker
and so every year in Uman
Rosh Hashanah
they go searching for their soul-mates.

We are taught even after we find our soul-mates
and marry them
we spend our lifetime searching
even after we marry
we spend a lifetime searching out
our beloved’s uniqueness.

We are gathering Chesed [mercy]
these days between Yom Kippur and Sukkot
from the bottom up
the Chesed within Hod [beauty]
the Chesed within Netzach [victory]
until we merit Chesed within Chesed on Sukkot —
we call this
gathering down the Chassadim.

Then the light of Chesed is completely revealed
and it sweetens all the judgments.
Something new drawn down during the Days of Awe.

Now, through Sukkot, we merit new ideas
and those dinim those laws of life
written and sealed through Yom Kippur
are sweetened now with the light of Chesed.

We have drawn down so much new in these days
we are making the adjustments
and separating the ones we can
from the ones we cannot.

God, Chesed in Chesed, master of the Chassadim,
grant me the shalvah [serenity]
to accept and make the adjustments
the courage to separate the ones we can make from the ones we cannot
and the wisdom to know the ones we can make
from the ones we cannot make.

Let us make the adjustments
separating the ones we can
from the ones we cannot.