R’ Pinchas said: “In the synagogue, the Jew wears a special covering, the tallit, in order to separate the nakedness of the body from the spiritual. Non-Jews remove their coats and hats when praying. They do not realize that the body and the soul are distinct from each other”.*
*Nofeth Tzufim (A), cited in The Great Chasidic Masters, by Avraham Y. Finkel, pp. 37-38 (B)
A man applies for a job as mechanic. The boss says, “Can you roll your hard hat down your arm and pop it back on your head?” The mechanic nods, confused. “Can you play light-saber with your wrench and another man’s screwdriver?” “Oh yes,” says the mechanic. “Can you bounce your screwdriver off the cement, grab it, whirl it around and put it in your belt like a gun?” “Sir, I’ve been doing that for years!” says the wanna-be mechanic. “Well in that case, I can’t use you. I have 12 men doing all that already!” says the boss.
This coming Shabbat we complete the reading of the book of Genesis with the story of Jacob’s final blessings to his children and grandchildren before departing this life. Parents blessing their children after the Friday night prayers prior to the Shabbat evening meal should do so with special intent tonight as this week’s parshah contains the verse with which fathers customarily bless their sons, “May G-d make you like Ephraim and Menasheh” (Genesis 48:20). The customary blessing for girls, “May G-d make you like Sarah and Rebecca, Rachel and Leah” is also based on this verse.
After the completion of the synagogue Torah reading of Genesis, the congregation customarily declare: “Hazak Hazak Ve-nit-hazek: Strong! Strong! Let us be strong!”*
The Baal Shem Tov taught: It is not necessary to “place” oneself in G-dliness, but only to realize that everything is subsumed in the Divine light. (Ohr HaGanuz L’Tzaddikim, Vayeira)
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When Rebbe Yehuda the Prince wished to argue on the words of Rebbe Yosi, he would say: “How can we, who are so lowly, argue on the words of Rebbe Yosi? The gap between Rebbe Yosi and us is like the divide between the Holy of Holies and the profane of the profane.” Rebbe Yishmael, the son of Rebbe Yosi said: “The difference between our generation and my father’s generation is like the difference between gold and dust.”
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