Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings, 28th 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



The cry of the heart

The word K a ShYA – a “difficulty” or “question” – consists of the initial letters of the verse ” Sh ‘ma Y -K-V-K K oli E kra: Hear, G-d, my voice – I cry….” (Psalms 27:7).

When you cry out in your heart, this itself is an aspect of faith. You may have many doubts and questions, but when you cry out in your heart it shows that you still have a spark of true faith.

Without this spark you would not cry out at all. Your very cry is therefore an aspect of faith. Understand this.

This cry can also bring you to faith. The cry itself is an aspect of faith , but it is still very weak. Yet this very cry can elevate and strengthen your faith until all your questions disappear.

Even if you have not yet attained this, the cry itself is very beneficial.

Sichot Haran #146


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“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov


Warriors of Holiness – 28th Kislev, 5773

We will not rest until we destroy all the Erev Rav, Klipot and bring the age of Mashiach

Revealing Secrets Makes Things Harder to Do

Whoever reveals his secrets, it becomes hard for the thing to actualize.
(Sefer Hamidos, Teshuva 62)

Source: Warriors of Holiness – אלופי עזות דקדושה

True Kabbalah – 28th Kislev, 5773

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Avraham was High Priest

-There are certain rectifications that could only be done by someone with the position of high priest.

-At every period in time there is one person who represents the concept of high priest and can do these rectification.

-The height of these rectifications was done, when the high priest was able to do his work in the temple.

-Adom originally had this as part of his job. Eventually it got passed down to Noach who gave it to his son Shem.

-After the war of the four kings Malki Tzedek (Shem) came to greet Avraham.

-He made a mistake of putting Avroham before G-D, the position got taken away from him.

Source: TrueKabbalah.org

Teachings of the Sages – 28th Kislev, 5773

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


R’ Pinchas taught: “You must be wholehearted with the Eternal your G-d” (Deuteronomy 18:13). From the Torah and all of the Prophets there are only two commandments that must be performed ‘with the Eternal your G-d.’ In terms of ‘wholeheartedness’ the text only says, ‘You must be wholehearted with the Eternal your G-d.’ Similarly, regarding the value of humility, the prophet says, ‘Walk humbly with your G-d.’ The reason is that in both of these commandments one can easily fool others; one can pretend to be pure while his heart is filled with cunning and wicked schemes. Similarly it is taught that humility can be faked. … [therefore] wholeheartedness and humility must be performed with G-d, who examines our hearts for health or pride [and cannot be fooled]”.

Itturei Torah, edited by A.Y. Greenberg, vol. 6, p. 122c, cited in “Ah, the Life of a King,” by Gary Pokras (C)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 28th Kislev, 5773

The Main Thing

Do you have something to give away? Then give it away. Is there a favor you can do for someone else? Then do it. Is there a sacrifice that you can make? Then make it.

It doesn’t matter to whom you do this kindness. The main thing is that you do it. It doesn’t matter that they didn’t ask for this gift or favor. It’s enough that they will accept it, they will be happy with it. It doesn’t matter that they won’t thank you. What you need is to do a kind act for someone else. Never mind that there’s tremendous effort involved here — this only makes your merit the larger.

An awesome blessing lies behind this advice. Start giving whatever you can — whatever you don’t need, whatever you thought you would leave for a rainy day. And in this way, you release huge, heavenly blessing — a wealth of happiness and success that pours on you from the worlds above. Not immediately, not in the most obvious way, but soon — you will see — the Creator’s blessing entering your life in a magical way. There is a condition though. You must give your gift with joy. You must smile.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 28th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

Ahavas Yisrael [love of the Jewish people] is the first gate which leads to the courtyard of the Creator.”
(Likkutei Dibburim II, p. 412)

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Joke of the day – 28th Kislev, 5773

Three Jews are in a clubroom discussing their origins. The first says, “My father was from the old country. His name was Goldsmith, he worked in gold, made a good living, taught me the trade and I’m doing very well with it. I’ve changed my name and now I’m Mr. Gold. “The second one says, “My father came from the old country. His name was Silversmith. He worked in silver, made a good living, and taught me the trade. I also did very well with and shortened my name to Silver. “The third man says, “My father came from the old country. His name was Schneider and he worked as a Tailor. He always struggled. He taught me his trade and I struggled for a long time. Finally, I went into business. My business went bankrupt. I went down on my knees and prayed to the Lord: ‘Lord, help me succeed and we will be partners.’ And everything turned around and I became a wonderful success. “The other two look at him and ask: “Do you expect us to believe that story?” “Sure”, he says. “Haven’t you heard of Lord and Taylor?”


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Daily Torah Quote – 28th Kislev, 5773

Rebuke is a great thing, and every Jew should rebuke his fellow man when he sees him doing something improper. But not every man is fitting to give rebuke, as Rabbi Akiva said: “I wonder if there is anyone in this generation who knows how to give rebuke.” If Rabbi Akiva said this in his generation, so much the more so it applies today.
(Rebbe Nachman of Breslov)


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Limud yomi, 28th Kislev, 5773

Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Elena Flerova

  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 70

  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 35

  • Yerushalmi for Bavli schedule: Shabbos yesterday’s Daf until Daf 44b Rebbi Ba

  • Mishnah Yomis: Sotah 9:8-9

  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 162:6-8

  • Mishnah Berurah (Mifal Shonei Halachos): Vol. 1 p.136b

  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Rechilus Kelal 2 1-2

  • Rambam (1 Perek/day): Ma’achalos Asuros 4

  • Nevi’im (Chok l’Yisrael): [yearly cycle] Shmuel II 7-17

  • Week of Parashas Miketz 5773 / Dec. 9 – Dec. 15 ’12

Blessing the coming month of Tevet: Following the Torah reading we bless the coming month of Tevet. Rosh Chodesh will be on Thursday night-Friday 13-14 December. The Molad will be on Wednesday December 13, 2012 at 4:09 and 11 chalakim p.m.

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