Teachings of the Sages – 8th Kislev, 5773

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


R’ Pinchas said: “‘Hear O Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One’ (Deuteronomy 6:4). The term echad [one] in the reading of the Shema, which proclaims the unity of G-d, [requires us to] state that there is nothing in the whole world other than the Holy One, Who fills the whole earth with His glory. The principal intention [of the commandment to recite the Shema] is that we should consider ourselves null and void, and [understand] that there is nothing to us but the soul within us, which is part of G-d above. Hence there is nothing in the whole world except the One G-d. Our principal thought when reciting the word echad should be that the whole earth is full of His glory and there is nothing [in the universe] devoid of Him”

Likkutei Amarim, p. 14d, cited in Sefer Besht to Va’ethanan, no. 13, in The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary, by Norman Lamm, pp. 8-9 (B)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 8th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The holy Baal Shem Tov used to celebrate the eighth night of Chanukah together with his disciples. After lighting the candles, they would sing and dance and then share a festive meal.”
(Sippurei Baal Shem Tov)

SOURCE: Baal Shem Tov Foundation

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 8th Kislev, 5773

Pleasant Words

Speak pleasant words. Be Polite. Be Positive. Enjoy others, even those who seemingly hurt you. Avoid cursing others, even under your breath. Enjoy your life, even when it doesn’t go your way. Avoid criticizing, complaining about your surroundings. Don’t condemn what happens to you.

Our words are powerful — the most powerful tools we have. We can use them to mock, blacken and destroy even that which good. On the other hand, we can use them to repair, heal, develop even that which is weak and poor.

When we speak in rough, tough ways, we do more than hurt others, we hurt ourselves. We hurt our self-image. We prevent ourselves from reaching the greatness that awaits us. We are the first victims of the ugly words we speak. At the same time, we are the first to benefit from the pleasant, positive words we speak.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


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Joke of the day – 8th Kislev, 5773

The Rabbi leaves his congregation in the middle of the Yom Kippur services. He makes an excuse of an urgent problem but really he is off to the golf course to indulge in his favorite vice: playing golf. So under a fake name he plays three rounds of golf. Unbelievably, he gets 5 holes in one in one day. A miracle! Upstairs, the angels are all agitated. Where is justice? Here is a rabbi, derelict in his duty, and the Almighty gives him 5 holes in one? Finally, the Almighty answers: “Who is he going to tell about it? And for the rest of his life!”


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