Andrea Jacobs: I’ve composed a prayer of sorts on this page for 22 years. Every year it seems to get harder. I must dig deep, without ever anticipating the end. It’s an act of faith performed in the silence of my heart.
For weeks a chasidic teaching attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa has whispered to me:
“Everyone must have two pockets, with a note in each pocket so that he or she can reach into one or the other depending on the need. When feeling lowly and depressed, discouraged or disconsolate, one should reach in the right pocket and there find the words, ‘For my sake the world was created.’
“But when feeling high and mighty, one should reach into the left pocket and find the words, ‘I am but dust and ashes.’”