Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings, 5th 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

THE ESSENTIAL RABBI NACHMAN

FAITH

Know it in your heart

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“Know this day and consider it in your heart that HaShem is G-d in heaven above and on earth below; there is no other” (Deuteronomy 4:39 ).

The only way to know G-d is through complete faith. Only faith can bring you to true knowledge and perception of G-d’s greatness: “And I will betroth you to Me with faith , and you shall know G-d ! ” (Hosea 2:22).

Many passages tell us to know G-d: “Know this day and consider it in your heart … ” (Deuteronomy 4:39 ) . “Know the G-d of your father” (I Chronicles 28:9) . “Know that HaShem is G-d” (Psalms 100:3) . These verses teach us to know and be mindful of G-d’s presence at all times and not to forget Him for a moment.

Great kings constantly remind their subjects that they have a ruler. Soldiers in particular are trained to know who their king and master is – “In order that His fear should be on their faces” (Exodus 20:17 ) – so that they should serve their master unconditionally . Subordinates are constantly told, “Know that you have a lord and master.” The intention is that they should keep this in mind and never forget it, in order not do anything against his will.

The same is true of the Kingdom of Heaven . We are told: “Know the G-d of your father!” Know it and don’t ever forget it! “Know this day and consider it in your heart, that HaShem is God!” “Know that HaShem is G-d!”

We need to be reminded time and time again. Everyone knows in general terms that “HaShem is G-d”. However, the distractions and temptations of this vain world cause many to forget it much of the time. This is why the Torah reminds us: “Know that HaShem is G-d!” “Know the G-d of your father!” That is to say: Bring this knowledge deep within yourself until it is bound tightly in your mind and heart at all times. This is the meaning of “Know this day and consider it in your heart that HaShem is G- d.”

Perfect knowledge is when you bind your mind to your heart so that you know in your heart that “HaShem is G-d.” When you bring this knowledge into your heart, you will be filled with deep awe, fear and reverence of G-d and you will not sin.

Each person’s knowledge and awareness of G-d are unique to himself according to the horizons of his heart. Our basic knowledge of G-d derives from what we have been taught by our holy forefathers, who struggled all their lives to divest themselves of all material attachments. They conquered all their negative traits and desires, releasing themselves from the root of evil. This was how they came to true recognition and understanding of their Creator.

They have left this good heritage to us and our duty is to accept it with the utmost joy. “Happy are we! How good is our portion! How pleasant is our lot! How beautiful is our heritage!” (Morning Prayers).

When the Torah tells us to “know” G-d, it is teaching us to bring this holy knowledge into our minds and thoughts and bind it in our hearts constantly at all times in order that “His fear will be upon our faces so that we will not sin” (Exodus 20:17).

Sichot Haran #217

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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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Warriors of Holiness – 5th 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

Even Commitment to Tesuva Gets Prayers Accepted

From the time a person commits himself to do Teshuva, his prayers are accepted, even though he did not do the actual Teshuva yet.
(Sefer Hamidos, Teshuva 65)

Source: Warriors of Holiness

True Kabbalah – 5th Teves, 5773

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TORAH

Regarding why the Avos were not made into angels like Matatron (Chanoch) and Eliahu

-The Avos were bigger then Chanoch and Eliahu, why didn’t they merit to become angels after their death?

-Know that big tzadikim (holy sages) are bigger then angels.

-Their souls come from a higher source and they reach much higher levels.

-They become channels for all the worlds energy, while angels just distribute the energy.

-The Avos reached these levels. To become angles would have actually lowered them from their current state.

(Medrish Talpyot, branch of Avos)

Source: TrueKabbalah.org

Teachings of the Sages – 5th Teves, 5773

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

ON FAITH

“In the city of Ostrow one Shavuos three prominent tzaddikim—the city’s rav, the town’s maggid, and the renowned tzaddik R’ Pinchas’l of Koritz, all talmidim of the eminent Baal Shem Tov—were deliberating the inyan [matter] of spreading grass on the ground on this holiday. Their interpretations varied one from the other, the Gemara concurring with none satisfactorily. R’ Pinchas’l, aware of the greatness of the ailing R’ Hirsch who lived in a rundown hovel on the outskirts of Ostrow, suggested they visit the impoverished old man to wish him a good Yom Tov and perchance he would offer some illuminating insights. After all, R’ Pinchas’l had once heard his rebbe, the great chassidic master himself, declare that it was the zechus [merit] of R’ Hirsch that protected the town from various adversities.

“The tzaddikim found R’ Hirsch sitting on his bed engrossed in the Shulchan Aruch. He asked them to be seated on the only other furnishing in the bare room—a broken bench that leaned against a wall for support. R’ Hirsch, in response to their quandary, expounded on a narration in the Gemara: R’ Ada had once decided to leave his home and family in order to spend his time learning in a yeshiva. To his wife’s voiced concern regarding their children’s welfare and how she would go about feeding them in his absence, R’ Ada proffered simply ‘Mi shelimu kurmei b’agmah?—Has all the grass in the field dispersed?’ R’ Hirsch intoned, ‘Now what kind of an answer is that? And yet his wife was appeased. Did he mean to infer that she take her hungry children out to the field and feed them grass, like the animals? Animals, lacking the intelligence to seek parnassa [livelihood], are entirely dependent on their Creator’s benevolence. Had man not deemed to act against G-d’s directive and eat from the eitz hadaas [Tree of Knowledge], he too would have basked in the bounteousness of his Creator without sweat or headache. But since he thought himself to be smart enough to be his own boss, he now scrambles for a living by constant exertion. Nonetheless, he who harbors true faith in G-d, believing wholeheartedly that Hashem is the “nosein lechem lechol bassar” [the giver of bread to all flesh] is granted ease of parnassa … with the compassion He confers upon the animal that is totally reliant on His chesed [kindness]. By referring to the grass in the field, R’ Ada essentially assured his wife that with ultimate faith in Hashem, they would never go hungry’”

“To Believe Is to Achieve,” at Kosher.com (C)

SOURCE: Two Tzaddiks

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 5th Teves, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Maggid [of Mezeritch] taught: The Baal Shem Tov often used to say that love of the Jewish people is the same thing as love of G-d. The verse states, You are children unto the Lord, your G-d. When one loves the father, one loves the children.”
(HaYom Yom, p. 81)

SOURCE: Baal Shem Tov Foundation

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 5th Teves, 5773

Humility

The only One we need to please is the Creator. We have no need to please any person — not father, mother, not friend, not acquaintance, not child, not lover. We need not charm anyone, nor win them over. For our every charm, our every joy, comes only from giving pleasure to the Creator.

All we need is to please the Creator. How do we do this? The secret lies in one word — humility. We need to see, to think, and repeat to ourselves, that the Creator is greater than we are.

Simple? Not at all. For everything that surrounds us, every plant, every creature, every person, is a manifestation of the Creator. Every object or even concept — in one form or another — is the Creator. As such, we need to elevate every element of the world. Within our thoughts and attitudes, we must place them over ourselves. With our approach, our beliefs, we must set them above all that we are, always.

Then, in making our world higher than ourselves, we acquire the humility, the charm and the joy to please everyone around us — and we win for ourselves the friendship, support and love we so want and need.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Limud yomi, 5th Teves, 5773

Learning
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  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 76
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  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 41
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  • Yerushalmi for Bavli schedule: Shabbos yesterday’s Daf until Daf 53b the end of the Perek
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  • Mishnah Yomis: Gitin 1:5-6
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  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 167:7-9
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  • Mishnah Berurah (Mifal Shonei Halachos): Vol. 1 p.139b
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  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Rechilus Kelal 5 5
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  • Rambam (1 Perek/day): Ma’achalos Asuros 10
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  • Nevi’im (Chok l’Yisrael): [yearly cycle] Shmuel II 18-31
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  • Kesuvim (Chok l’Yisrael): Tehilim 106-118
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  • Week of Parashas Vayigash 5773 / Dec. 16 – Dec. 22 ’12

SOURCE:
D.A.F.’s “Yomi” Page
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