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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Daily Torah Quote – 10th Teves, 5773

Rabbi Chanina the son of Chachina’i would say: One who stays awake at night, or travels alone on the road, and turns his heart to idleness, has forfeited his life.
(Avot 3)

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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)

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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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Warriors of Holiness – 8th 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

Requesting Ahavah From Hashem Hides Sins

By asking Hashem that he should give you love, through this Hashem covers up your sins.
(Sefer Hamidos, Teshuva 68)

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True Kabbalah – 8th Teves, 5773

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TORAH

Nimrod tried to blind Avraham

-Avraham was placed in a dungeon before he was taken out to be burnt.

-Nimrod made sure the dungeon was pitch black, after an extended period of time he took him out into bright sunlight.

-Avraham’s many merits saved him.

-Meaning Nimrod knew that blindness would limit Avraham’s ability to perform a miracle.

(Medrish Talpiyot, branch of Avraham.)

Source: TrueKabbalah.org

Teachings of the Sages – 8th Teves, 5773

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

ON PRAYER

R’ Pinchas said: “G-d is prayer”.

-A renaissance of piety: the teachings of Hasidism and the shifting paradigm, in Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Teachings and Tales of the Hasidic Masters, by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, p. 9 (B)

SOURCE: Two Tzaddiks

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 8th Teves, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“Our master, the Baal Shem Tov, had a well-built, warm succah.”
(Kovetz Lubavitch 5, Sichas Chol HaMoed Succos 5706)

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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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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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The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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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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Warriors of Holiness – 7th 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

Chesed and Emes Atone Sins

Through kindness and truth, sins are forgiven.
(Sefer Hamidos, Teshuva 67)

Source: Warriors of Holiness

True Kabbalah – 7th Teves, 5773

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TORAH

In regard to the nation of Yisroel traveling on the wings of eagles

-When Bnei Yisroel (Nation of Israel) left Egypt, they were gathered from all over Egypt to Suchot, which was a distance of 120 Mill.

-This gathering was referred to as: “I carried you on the wings of eagles.”

-What happened was very similar to Kfitzos Haderech, “jumping of the path,” where subjects warp through space to travel to a second point.

-The reason it happened is as follows:

-Egypt was at the time the world center of tumah (unclean power).

-Yisroel had reached very low spiritual levels during their stay in Egypt.

-They now had to be raised, this involves a process.

-The spiritual worlds are not bound to time and space.

-In the physical world the closer you are to holiness the less bound you become to space.

-The more one is busy with physical matter (chomer), the more he is limited by space.

-Egypt was very busy with these issues.

-By warping Yisroel above space they become less bound to the tumah of Egypt.

Source: TrueKabbalah.org

Teachings of the Sages – 7th Teves, 5773

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

ON PRAYER

“The people imagine that they pray before G-d. But this is not so. For prayer itself is the essence of divinity”.

The Martin Buber Reader: Essential Writings, edited by Asher D. Biemann, p. 69. Reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan (B)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 7th Teves, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“He would recite the entire evening Kiddush for Shabbos (and Yom Tov) while standing. Also, he recited the version of the Ari z l, which contains seventy words.”
(Various Chasidic traditions)

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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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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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The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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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

AZAMRA NEEDS YOUR HELP

Warriors of Holiness – 6th 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

Ask Tzadik to Help Your Teshuva Be Accepted

When you want to do Teshuva, request from the Tzadik that he should bring you inside, in front of Hashem.
(Sefer Hamidos, Teshuva 66)

Source: Warriors of Holiness

True Kabbalah – 6th Teves, 5773

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TORAH

Regarding the blindness of Rav Shashes and Rav Yosef

-The two Amoraim, Rav Shashes and Rav Yosef were blind.

-They caused their own blindness on purpose.

-The reason they did this was because their nature was to go after their eyes.

-This does not mean they couldn’t control their eyes, but rather on their high level there was some klipah they couldn’t break because of the nature of their soul. This was connected to their eyes. This prevented them from climbing to the levels they wanted.

-The method they used was staying in a dark room for a long time then going out in the sun.

Source: TrueKabbalah.org