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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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

* * *

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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Azamra means “I will sing” (Psalms 146:2)
“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

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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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Joke of the day – 8th Teves, 5773

A Rabbi is conducting a funeral and the deceased person was not what you might call a “nice” person. In fact, he acted dishonestly in business, he double-crossed his business associates, he cheated on his wife — in fact, he didn’t even treat his children affectionately. In delivering the eulogy the Rabbi praises this man beyond belief. He says that the deceased was such an honest and honorable man who treated all his associates fairly. At this time, his friends begin to cough. The Rabbi continues that the deceased was a staunch supporter of his community by performing many good deeds, at which time the members of the congregation begin to blink and raise their eyebrows. Finally, the Rabbi says that this man was such a devoted husband who loved his wife and children. At this point the wife cannot take it any more and nudges his son and tells him: “Moishe, Moishe, go to the coffin, lift up the lid and tell me who is lying there.”

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A Rabbi is conducting a funeral and the deceased person was not what you might call a “nice” person. In fact, he acted dishonestly in business, he double-crossed his business associates, he cheated on his wife — in fact, he didn’t even treat his children affectionately. In delivering the eulogy the Rabbi praises this man beyond belief. He says that the deceased was such an honest and honorable man who treated all his associates fairly. At this time, his friends begin to cough. The Rabbi continues that the deceased was a staunch supporter of his community by performing many good deeds, at which time the members of the congregation begin to blink and raise their eyebrows. Finally, the Rabbi says that this man was such a devoted husband who loved his wife and children. At this point the wife cannot take it any more and nudges his son and tells him: “Moishe, Moishe, go to the coffin, lift up the lid and tell me who is lying there.”

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Daily Torah Quote – 8th Teves, 5773

Rabbi Shimon would say: Three who eat at one table and do not speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten of idolatrous sacrifices; as is stated, “Indeed, all tables are filled with vomit and filth, devoid of the Omnipresent” (Isaiah 28:8). But three who eat at one table and speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten at G-d’s table, as is stated, “And he said to me: This is the table that is before G-d”.
(Ezekiel 41:22) (Avot 3)

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Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings, 7th 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 main thing is faith!

* * *

The main thing is faith! Every person must search within himself and strengthen himself in faith. For there are people who suffer the worst illnesses and afflictions only because of fallen faith, because, “G-d will send you wondrous plagues, great and faithful plagues and great and faithful sicknesses” (Deuteronomy 28:59). The plagues and sicknesses are “faithful” because they come on account of a lack of faith. Fallen faith causes “wondrous” plagues, for which no medicine, prayer or ancestral merit is of any avail…

The remedy is to dig down until we find the waters that nurture faith. These are the waters of counsel – the spiritual pathways that enable us to deepen our faith, as it is written, “I will acknowledge Your Name, for You have done wonders, [sending] counsels from afar, nurturing faith” (Isaiah 25:1). True spiritual counsel nurtures faith, enabling it to grow.

Likutey Moharan II, 5

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Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 7th 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 after they leave, 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 – 7th Teves, 5773

Eighty years ago, the young man goes off to college two thousand miles away. The anxious father write telegrams, urgent letters “How are you”, “What are you studying”, “Who are your friends”, etc. etc. The silence is deafening. There are no phones there! So the father in desperation starts packing; he plans to travel to the college to see for himself. The uncle walks in and asks: “Where are you going?” The father explains; the uncle says: “Silly, I’ll get you an answer by return mail.” They make a bet for a $1,000. Sure enough, 8 days later the uncle walks in and plunks two letters on the table; the letter he wrote to get all the information and the letter he received. Flabbergasted the father asked: “How did you do it?” The uncle says: “Look at the P.S.” P.S. (the uncle writes) Enclosed you will find a check for $100. P.S. (the nephew answers) Uncle, you forgot to enclose your check!

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Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings, 6th 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 good life

* * *

The non-believers have no life even in this world. As soon as things go against them, and certainly when trouble strikes, they simply have nowhere to turn. Since they attribute everything to nature, they are left with nothing to fortify them.

But one who has faith and believes in G-d has a very good life. Even when trouble strikes, he can still fortify himself with his trust in G-d, because he knows that everything is for the best. Either this suffering will cleanse him of his sins or eventually bring him some great benefit. For G-d’s intention is certainly for good. Therefore the man of faith always has a good life both in this world and the next.

The non-believers, however, have no life either in this world or the next. Those who really know them see that they are always racked with suffering. They endure constant pain and anxiety because things never go exactly as they want. All their days are filled with pain and anger.

In this world it is impossible for everything to go the way one wants it. Those who ignore the true, enduring purpose of life, satisfying only their material desires, are doomed to a life of constant pain and suffering without having any way to console themselves.

But if you have true faith, your main hope is in the world to come and you therefore have a very good life. Whatever happens to you, you have faith that everything is for good – whether it comes to remind you to repent or to atone for your sins so that you may be worthy of the everlasting good of the world to come.

Your sins and wrongdoing may cause you great anguish. You may suffer the worst agonies of regret. Yet your very contrition over your sins actually increases your days and adds to your life, for “The fear of G-d increases one’s days” (Proverbs 10:27 ).

You may experience great pain when you regret your sins. You may feel deeply ashamed when contemplating G-d’s exalted greatness. You may cringe in fear of punishment. Whatever form it takes , this suffering is caused by your very fear of G-d, and “The fear of G-d increases one’s days.” Your very pain and anxiety add to your days.

If you are a person of faith, you will find it easier to repent. True repentance must balance the sin. You have to endure pain and suffering in equal measure to the enjoyment derived from the sin.

Since you believe in G-d, you will never be able to have complete enjoyment from any sin because any wrong you do will be with mixed feelings and in the full knowledge that it will end bitterly . You know the bitter punishment for each sin, so that if you succumb to temptation you are filled with regrets even as you sin. It is therefore much easier for you to repent because you do not have to endure unbearable pangs of repentance since the pleasure from your sin was never very great.

For the non-believers, however, repentance is more of a burden. Having suffered little pain or remorse at the time of the sin, they are obliged to suffer when they repent in order to balance the pleasure of the sin.

Sichot Haran #102

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Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 6th Teves, 5773

Pleasant Words

Speak pleasant words. Be Polite. Be Positive. Enjoy others — even those who seemingly hurt you. Avoid cursing others, even under your breath. Enjoy your life, even when it doesn’t go your way. Avoid criticizing, complaining about your surroundings. Don’t condemn what happens to you.

Our words are powerful — the most powerful tools we have. We can use them to belittle, blacken, destroy even that which good. On the other hand, we can use them to repair, heal, develop even that which is weak and poor.

When we speak in rough, tough ways, we do more than hurt others — we hurt ourselves. We hurt our self-image. We prevent ourselves from reaching the greatness that waits for us.

We are the first victims of the ugly words we speak. At the same time, we are the first to benefit from the pleasant, positive words we speak.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Joke of the day – 6th Teves, 5773

Three mothers are gathered and boasting about their children. One boasts of her son, the head of a medical department; the other has a son who is a Judge, and a daughter Psychiatrist. One of the women is quiet through it all. Finally, they turn to her and ask: “Well, what does your son do?” “He’s a rabbi!” “A rabbi? What kind of a profession is that for a nice Jewish boy?”

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Daily Torah Quote – 6th Teves, 5773

Rabbi Chanina son of Tradyon would say: Two who sit and no words of Torah pass between them, this is a session of scorners, as is stated, “And in a session of scorners he did not sit” (Psalms 1:1). But two who sit and exchange words of Torah, the Divine Presence rests amongst them, as is stated, “Then the G-d-fearing conversed with one another, and G-d listened and heard; and it was inscribed before Him in a book of remembrance for those who fear G-d and give thought to His name”.
(Malachi 3:16), (Avot 3)

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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

* * *

“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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“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

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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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Joke of the day – 5th Teves, 5773

A man is having a conversation with G-d, and he says, “G-d, with all of Your power, majesty and greatness, how does a million years appear in Your eyes?” The answer: a second. “Well, G-d, with your infiniteness and omnipotence, how does a billion dollars appear in Your eyes?” The answer: a penny. “So G-d, please, please give me half a penny.” The answer: in half a second.

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