Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings, 1st Teves, 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 G-d, not in the means

Many people make the mistake of turning the means through which something comes about into an intermediary between themselves and G-d. They do believe in G-d, but they also believe in the intermediary, saying that we have no option but to depend upon a particular means in order to bring about a certain result. For example, they put their faith in their business activities as the cause of their livelihood, placing all the emphasis on their own endeavors as if G-d would somehow not be able to provide their livelihood without them. Likewise people put all the emphasis on the means through which a cure comes about – the medicine – as if without medicine G-d does not have the power to heal. That is not so. The Holy One, blessed be He, is the Cause of all causes, and there is absolutely no need for any one particular means. Even while resorting to a given means to try to bring something about, we must believe only in G-d, and not put our faith in the means.

Likutey Moharan I, 62


The Essential Rabbi Nachman

The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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Warriors of Holiness – 1st Teves, 5773

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

Sefer Hamidos on Shmiras Habris

Tanis Without Daas is Not a Tanis

A fast without knowledge is not a fast. (needs better translation, maybe: A fast that was not premeditated is not counted as a fast).
(Sefer Hamidos, Teshuva 64)

Source: Warriors of Holiness

True Kabbalah – 1st Teves, 5773

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All 3 Avos (patriarchs) made converts

-All 3 Avos made converts, each using his own methods.

-Converts- meaning they started to serve G-d, trying to get energy from the side of holiness and not from the forces of evil.

-Most converts, eventually reverted to their old ways or died with kids not following their path. It could be that they spread out amongst the nations providing them with pieces of truth.

-The souls of these people are the souls of many converts through out the ages.

Source: TrueKabbalah.org

Teachings of the Sages – 1st Teves, 5773

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


“Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz taught that a holy spark falls and burns inside a Ger. It compels him to complete his Geirus and actually does not give him any choice in this matter. Only after his Geirus is the Ger given free choice”.

Imrei Pinchas HaShalem, Shaar Toras Adam (A, B), cited in “Question & Answer With Yirmeyahu — Burning Within,” at A Simple Jew (C)

SOURCE: Two Tzaddiks

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 1st Teves, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov taught: Wherever a person puts his thoughts, there is the whole man.”
(Kesser Shem Tov 56)

SOURCE: Baal Shem Tov Foundation

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 1st Teves, 5773

Don’t hurt them

Here is a wonderful resolution to bring benefit and blessing to our lives.

Try, at all times, not to hurt any other person — not to hurt him with an action, a word, a gesture, a facial expression, or even a thought. Try to hurt no person, whether in front of them or behind their backs — even if they will never know it.

What do we gain with this resolution? Only a world of new friends and family, new support and encouragement, new love and strength, and the power to live with clear joy.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


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Joke of the day – 1st Teves, 5773

A visitor arrives in the city of Helm and asks the first pedestrian to direct him to the Mohel (who performs circumcisions). The pedestrian gives directions, names the street and the number and the retail store where the Mohel is located. Indeed, the visitor reaches the Mohel and is puzzled to notice a display of watches in the window. He walks into the store and asks the Mohel: “How come you are displaying watches in your window?” The Mohel calmly replies: “What else do you expect me to display?”


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Limud yomi, 1st Teves, 5773

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  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 72

  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 37

  • Yerushalmi for Bavli schedule: Shabbos yesterday’s Daf until Daf 48a Kol Davar

  • Mishnah Yomis: Sotah 9:12-13

  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 163:2 – 164:2

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

  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Rechilus Kelal 3 2-4

  • Rambam (1 Perek/day): Ma’achalos Asuros 6

  • 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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