Have a wonderful Shabbat! – 17th Kislev, 5773

The Holy One, blessed be He,

said to Moses,

“I have a precious gift

in My treasure house,

called the Sabbath,

and desire to give it to Israel;

go and inform them.”
(Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbath, 10b)

Welcoming the shabbat!
Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Elena Flerova

Have a wonderful Shabbat!

Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings – for 17th Kislev, 5773

A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.
Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum



Believe in something

It is better to be a fool who believes in everything than to be so clever that you do not believe in anything.

If you believe in everything, some of your beliefs may be foolish but you will also believe in the truth. However, when a person is too clever and does not want to believe in anything, he may begin by ridiculing falsehood and folly but can easily end up so skeptical of everything that he even denies the truth.
Sichot Haran #103


The Essential Rabbi Nachman

The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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Teachings of the Sages – for 17th Kislev, 5773

The Teachings of Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz and His Disciple, Rebbe Raphael of Bershad


“In all thy ways acknowledge Him” (Proverbs 3:6). “The following remark is attributed to Rabbi Pinhas of Koretz: ‘How then is it possible to know G-d in all ways? It is, because when G-d gave the Torah, the whole world was filled with the Torah. Thus there is nothing which did not contain Torah, and this is the meaning of the verse. Whoever says that the Torah is one thing and the profane sphere another is a heretic’” .

Martin Buber’s interpretation of Hasidism, by Gershom G. Scholem, in The Jewish Expression, edited by Judah Goldin, p. 407 (B)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – for 17th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“He and his followers did not wear tefillin during the intermediate days of Pesach [Chol HaMoed] , in conformity with the view of the Zohar and many Rishonim.”
(Imrei Pinchas 751; Shiv’chei Baal Shem Tov 6; Shulchan HaTahor, Hilchas Tefillin 31:1, Ze’er Zahav 1)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, for 17th Kislev, 5773

Killer Judge

A courtroom judge cannot draw a gun from his robes and shoot the accused. Even when he sees where justice lies, he cannot do so. There is a process of law, and if he breaks it, he is a murderer. Certainly then, this is true for us. We cannot murder other people — no matter how much we feel they deserve it.

Is it different then, if we kill them fully, or partially?[1] Whether we murder someone with fifty years to live or fifty seconds to live, we are still killers.

Similarly, to embarrass others, insult them, hurt their feelings, is a form of murder. We may not kill their moment of glory. We may not slaughter their self-esteem. We may not shoot down their hopes for a happy future. We may not put them through a mini-death.

No matter how much others deserve to be punished, we are neither judge nor jury. We may not kill others, even in the smallest way. We must leave this to Higher Powers.

[1] Baba Kama 65a

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


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Joke of the day – for 17th Kislev, 5773

Morris takes his wife Pearl to Dr. Schwartz for her annual medical. After examining her, Dr. Schwartz has a quiet word with Morris. “Morris”, says the doctor, “I don’t think your wife is looking too good.” “I don’t think she looks good either,” replies Morris, “but she keeps a clean house and is a decent cook… so for that I’m grateful.”


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