Teachings of the Sages – 9th Kislev, 5773

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

ON THE IMMANENCE OF G-D

R’ Pinchas said: “‘The whole earth is full of His glory’ (Isaiah 6:3). His glory [kevodo] should be understood in the sense of ‘His garment,’ i.e., that G-d is enclothed, so to speak, in the corporeal. Hence, the whole earth is full of his glory implies [that G-d fills] all corporeality. Thus ‘G-d’s glory’ refers to His clothing [i.e., ‘just as the body fills a garment, so G-d indwells in the world’]”

Likkutei Yekarim, p. 17c, cited in Sefer ha-Besht, Bereshit, no. 15, in The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary, by Norman Lamm, p. 26 (B)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 9th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov taught: When one recounts the praises of the Tzaddikim, it is as if he engages in the mysteries of the Ma’aseh Merkavah.”
(Shiv’chei Baal Shem Tov 158)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 9th Kislev, 5773

Like Children

People — like flowers in a garden — make our world a more pleasant place. They give to us. They enrich our lives. Even when they annoy, irritate and exasperate us, they help us. They help us grow. They help us reach for greatness. More important, though, we need to focus on what we owe them — what duties we have towards them. These are two.

One: we may not hurt them in any way. We may not hurt them physically and, even more so, we may not hurt them emotionally. Any word we say to embarrass them is a crime. Worse, if we disgrace them in public, this is similar to murdering them.[1] We must treat them with care.

Two: we need to help them — influence them — for their good. As much as we are able, we should improve their circumstances, their lives, their selves. In a sense, they are our children — our responsibility — and we must care for them.

[1] Rabbeinu Yona, Avos 3.15. Mesilas Yesharim, “Pratai HaNekius”, Eshkol Publications, p.52

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Joke of the day – 9th Kislev, 5773

A Moslem, a Catholic and a Jew were killed in a car crash. They come to the heavenly court together, and after a short proceeding, they’re sent the down elevator with a demon at the controls. At sub-level #1 the doors open, and the demon shoves out the Moslem into a fiery furnace with screams of emanating pain. The elevator continues down to sub-level #4. The doors open. The screams of pain are much louder; the fire envelops the whole scene. The demon shoves the Catholic out. The Jew is terrified. The elevator continues down to sub-level #14, and by now, the Jew has nearly passed out with fright. The door opens – sunlight, music, and people casually dressed, playing tennis and sipping Piña Colada. The Jew asks the demon, “What’s going on here?” He answers, “Oh the Jews, they’ll do well anywhere.”

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Daily Torah Quote – 9th Kislev, 5773

Rabban Yochanan the son of Zakkai received the tradition from Hillel and Shammai. He would say: If you have learned much Torah, do not take credit for yourself—it is for this that you have been formed.
(Avot 2)

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