Joke of the day – 11th Teves, 5773

The congregation divided into half about whether to move or not. So the first group goes to the Rabbi and they give all the reasons to move and the Rabbi asks questions, considers, and finally he agrees. They’re right. The shul should move. The second group comes to the Rabbi and they give all the reasons why the move would be a disaster. The Rabbi asks questions, thinks about it and decides, “you’re right, a disaster, we can’t move.” His wife listened to the whole argument and when the second group leaves, she asks, “But my husband, how can they both be right?” The Rabbi thinks for a moment. Finally he says, “You’re right too”.

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Daily Torah Quote – 11th Teves, 5773

You must not let embarrassment prevent you from sharing with your religious mentor all your thoughts that are inconsistent with our holy Torah.
(Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk). (From: asimplejew.blogspot.com)

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Joke of the day – 10th Teves, 5773

A congregation in an old synagogue located in the Bronx has a problem. One member group says: “When you come to this portion of the service, you have to stand up.” The other group says that when you come to the same part of the service, you should sit down. In their exasperation, they go to the old Rebbe for adjudication. The representative of the first group says to the Rebbe: “I believe that when we come to this portion of the service we should stand up. Tell us what to do.” The Rebbe strokes his beard, shakes his head and says, “I can’t remember, I can’t remember, the way it was…”Two weeks pass and the other side, frustrated, also goes to the Rebbe and seeks advice: “Rebbe, Rebbe we believe that the first group is wrong. We believe that at that point in the service we should sit down. Tell us what shall we do.” The Rebbe looks at the man, strokes his beard again and says: “I can’t remember, I can’t remember, the way it was…”Another two weeks pass and the groups become very belligerent and are shouting, screaming and yelling at each other in their exasperation. Both sides decide to go to the Rebbe and tell him: “Rebbe, Rebbe, things are getting out of hand. We are shouting, screaming and yelling at each other, jumping at each other’s throats, please tell us how it was!” The Rebbe’s face lights up and he says with a flowing smile: “Yes, that’s the way it was! That’s the way it was!”

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Have a wonderful Shabbat! – 9th Teves, 5773

The Holy One, blessed be He,

said to Moses,

“I have a precious gift

in My treasure house,

called the Sabbath,

and desire to give it to Israel;

go and inform them.”
(Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbath, 10b)

Have a Wonderful Shabbat!
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Have a wonderful Shabbat!

Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings, 8th 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

The cry from the heart

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True counsel springs from the depths of the heart. When the crisis of faith is so great that even wordless cries cannot help, one has to cry from the heart alone: “Their heart cried out to G-d” (Lamentations 2:18 ). The heart alone cries without our letting out a sound. “From the depths I call out to G-d” (Psalms 130:1) – from the depths of the heart. And from the depths of the heart comes guidance, for “like deep waters, so is counsel in the heart of man” (Proverbs 20:5). When shouts and screams no longer help because faith has collapsed, one must cry from the depths of the heart without letting out a sound. This is how true counsel is revealed, for “like deep waters, so is counsel in the heart of man.”

And through the true guidance and counsel that are revealed in the world (with each person knowing in his own heart what he must do) faith is able to grow, as it is written, “Counsels from afar, nurturing faith.” Then everything can be rectified. For true counsel is a “wonder” – “I will acknowledge Your Name, for You have done wonders, counsels from afar….” This makes it possible to heal the “wondrous plagues” sent by G-d. Prayer also brings about “wonders”, as it is written, “Awesome in praises [i.e. prayer], performing wonders” (Exodus 15:11 ). The same is true of ancestral merit: “In front of their fathers He performed wonders” (Psalms 78:12).

Likutey Moharan II, 5

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 8th Teves, 5773

Forgive

“As I walked down the street, a huge blow fell on my shoulders. The pain was terrible. I swung around in fury. “Who hit me?” I shouted.

What I saw then shut me up. It was my own loving father…”1

There are two parts to forgiving others. The first is more important — this is to forgive within our hearts. In order to move forward in life — to be happy, to succeed — we must remove — we must cut out, our anger, resentment. We dare not allow this tumor to swell. It might just kill us.

It’s hard to overlook the pain others inflict on us. We suffered, and the suffering leaves a scar. Still, we have to forgive; we have to forget.

This is the Torah’s command.2

We must remember — we must repeat to ourselves — that all our suffering starts with the Creator. The Creator may afflict us — to show us, teach us, that we acted incorrectly, that we need to make repairs. Or, He may want us to pass a certain test — that we may grow as we need to grow — that we may develop as we need to develop. Still, no matter the reason, only the Creator hits us. When a man beats his dog, he uses a stick. After the man has gone, the dog may attack the stick — bite the stick. But the stick didn’t hurt him!

We must remember — we must repeat to ourselves — that any suffering we suffer starts with the Creator. Then it becomes easy to forgive the one who was but a stick. It’s easy then even to forget which stick it was. After all, it’s only a stick.

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1 The Klausenberger Rebbi, a Holocaust survivor — to explain how he was able to regain his calmness, just minutes after hearing the agonizing news that he had lost his son.


2 VaYikra 19.18

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