Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings, 29th 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



Faith in every limb

There are various kinds of faith. There is faith that is only in the heart. But a person must have so much faith that it spreads to all his limbs. Thus the Kabalistic writings mention that when washing one’s hands to eat bread, one should raise them towards the head in order to receive holiness. Your faith must extend into your hands in order to believe that by raising them towards your head you receive holiness. Without faith, it is a meaningless gesture, for “All your commandments are faith” (Psalms 119:86).

If you are strong in your faith, you will eventually come to understand what you believe in. The stronger your faith, the greater your understanding will become. At the outset you have no option but to have faith, because you cannot understand the matter, but through faith you will come to understand it.

There will then be new, more exalted levels that will still be hidden from you and beyond your ability to understand. Here again you will have to make the effort to believe. You must always start with faith regarding the levels that are as yet hidden from you, but eventually you will understand them as well. This is an ongoing process. Your faith must be so strong that it spreads to every one of your limbs. This faith will bring you to true wisdom.

Likutey Moharan I, 91


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Warriors of Holiness – 29th Kislev, 5773

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

Sefer Hamidos on Shmiras Habris

Embarrassment From Sins Brings Tzedaka Treatment From Hashem

A person that is embarrassed from his sins, Hashem acts with him in charitable way.
(Sefer Hamidos, Teshuva 63)

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True Kabbalah – 29h Kislev, 5773

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Regarding the fact that the Avos (patriarchs) were shepherds

-Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov (Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob) were all shepherds, so were many other great leaders. (Moshe, David)

-All these people had money to hire workers.

-They chose to do so they could meditate.

-This would allow them to stay out for days at a time.

-Air in the fields was clear.

-Praying and meditating among grass and trees works better then in the city.

-All the angels appointed on the grass come and join the prayers.
(Medrish Talpiyot branch of Avos)

Source: TrueKabbalah.org

Teachings of the Sages – 29th Kislev, 5773

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


“[G-d banished man from the Garden of Eden.] He drove away the man, and stationed the cherubim at the east of Eden, and the fiery ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:24). R’ Pinchas said: ‘The fiery ever-turning sword has a universal meaning for all of us. It represents the obstacles and temptations we encounter in our attempt at achieving closeness to G-d. G-d is the Tree of Life and there are many deterrents that block our path to him’”.

Imrei Pinchas HaShalem, Bereshit 8 (A, B), cited in The Great Chasidic Masters, by Avraham Y. Finkel, p. 35 (B)

SOURCE: Two Tzaddiks

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 29th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov instructed his followers to immerse in a mikveh every erev Shabbos [and erev Yom Tov] as well as before praying on Shabbos morning.”
(Sefer HaSichos 5702, cited in Sefer HaMinhagim Chabad; Siddur HaAri of Rabbi Shabbbsai of Rashkov)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 29th Kislev, 5773

With Songs

“I would have sent you away with joy, with songs — with the tambourine and the lute.”[1]

None other than Lavan, Yakov Avinu’s treacherous father-in-law, spoke these words. His sincerity is small, we know — he is one of history’s great liars. Still, there is wisdom in his words. This is why the Torah records them.

“I would have sent you away with joy…” We live with other people. We interact with them. Then, suddenly, they leave our lives. We need to appreciate them while we have them — and we need to appreciate them when they leave. Then, when they leave us, it will be with our gratitude, with our good wishes. We will wish them every success.

We need to appreciate them while we have them — others add so much to our lives.

We need to appreciate them when they leave. We need to say, “If they are no longer around, this means I am entering a new era, a new realm of exploration and achievement — something exciting.”

Then, with our gratitude, we’ll wish them well — we’ll pray for their success as much as we pray for our own success. We’ll wish them every happiness in the world.


[1] Breishis 31.27


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Joke of the day – 29th Kislev, 5773

Bush, Putin and Sharon get a direct message from G-d: The world is going to be destroyed in two weeks.They immediately call for a press conference. Bush announces: I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that like we had always thought, there is a G-d. The bad news is that the world is coming to an end. Putin announces: I have some bad news and some very bad news. The bad news is, unlike we always thought, there is a G-d. The very bad news is that the world is coming to an end. Sharon announces: I have some good news and some better news. The good news is, like we’ve always thought, there is a G-d. The better news is we will never give back the West Bank!


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Limud yomi, 29th Kislev, 5773

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  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 71

  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 36

  • Yerushalmi for Bavli schedule: Shabbos yesterday’s Daf until Daf 46b Kelal b’Aseh

  • Mishnah Yomis: Sotah 9:10-11

  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 162:9 – 163:1

  • Mishnah Berurah (Mifal Shonei Halachos): Vol. 1 p.137a

  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Rechilus Kelal 2:3 – Kelal 3:1

  • Rambam (1 Perek/day): Ma’achalos Asuros 5

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

  • Kesuvim (Chok l’Yisrael): Tehilim 90-105

  • 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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