These words were first written by Rav Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), the patriarch of the Breslaver Chassidic movement. Rav Nachman found mystical significance in many of the simplest components of everyday life. His wisdom lives on through his writings and teachings, which are expounded worldwide. He wrote extensively about the meaning and poignancy of suffering. Many times since Rachaeli?s diagnosis, I have reminded myself of, and found comfort within these few words. I whisper these words, in Hebrew, to my daughter each day. —ef

Kol ha?olam kulo gesher tsar meod Vi ha?ikar lo l?fahkedd k?lal

The whole world is a very narrow bridge; and the main thing to recall is to have no fear at all.