Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings – for 20th 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



Believing is seeing

If you ask a believer to explain why he has faith, he will certainly not be able to give you a reason, because faith is applicable only where one does not understand the reason. Yet , because of his complete faith, whatever the believer himself believes in is perfectly clear and self-evident as if he sees it with his own eyes.

Likutey Moharan, I, 62


The Essential Rabbi Nachman

The Essential Rabbi Nachman

This elegant, easy-to-read pocket-size volume is a comprehensive treasury of the most inspirational sayings, profound teachings, parables and stories of 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.

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Teachings of the Sages – 20th Kislev, 5773

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


R’ Raphael said: “He who wishes truly to live should also wish to be more insignificant than anyone else”.

Midrash Pinhas, p. 42 (A), cited in The Hasidic Anthology: Tales and Teachings of the Hasidim, by Louis I. Newman, p. 189. Reprinted with permission of Ann Newman (B)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 20th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The holy Rabbi Yisrael, the Maggid of Kozhnitz, said in the name of the Baal Shem Tov that one should not wish another person l’chayim over beer.”
(Sifran Shel Tzaddikim 1:8, cited in Sefer Baal Shem Tov, Pekudei, 3)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 20th Kislev, 5773


“Throw your bread on the waters…”[1]

Our money is dear to us. We didn’t steal it. On the contrary, we gave precious time and effort to acquire it. So we look after it. We are careful with it. We hold onto it. We invest it. And so, it should be that we hardly ever give it away — unless of course, for our own needs and pleasures.

But we know, we know — the Torah teaches us and we know –”… with the passing of the days, you will find it.”[2]

To use our monies to help others, relatives and friends, even strangers, even animals, is not to lose it, but to invest it. We have a promise that all we give will come back to us — at one time or another — in one form or another — with accumulated profits and interest. Therefore — and again — let us indulge in that special pleasure of giving what is ours to others.

[1]        Koheles 11.1

[2]        Ibid

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Joke of the day – 20th Kislev, 5773

Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”


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Daily Torah Quote – 20th Kislev, 5773

Rabbi Tarfon would also say: It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, but neither are you free to absolve yourself from it. If you have learned much Torah, you will be greatly rewarded, and your employer is trustworthy to pay you the reward of your labors. And know, that the reward of the righteous is in the World to Come.
(Avot 2)


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Limud yomi, 20th Kislev, 5773

Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Elena Flerova

  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 62

  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 27

  • Yerushalmi for Bavli schedule: Shabbos Halachah 3 until Daf 36b Halachah 4

  • Mishnah Yomis: Sotah 7:7-8

  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 160:1-3

  • Mishnah Berurah (Mifal Shonei Halachos): Vol. 1 p.132b

  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Lashon ha’Ra Kelal 10 13-14

  • Rambam (1 Perek/day): Isurei Bi’ah 18

  • Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 21

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