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I was once with Rebbe Shlomo at a subway station in Berlin. A disheveled, drunken man started shouting angrily at us, “You dirty Jews!” I urged Rebbe Shlomo to leave, but instead he went up to this raving man and hugged him. The man broke down and cried, “I wish all the Jews were like you.”

(Rabbi Yehoshua Witt)


People ask me, “What can I do?” I’ll tell you what you can do. We have to take the anger out of our hearts.

 

Whenever the air is full of anger, the only way out of it is to fill the air with joy. There is no other way!

 

If someone is angry with you, what do you do? Do you get angry back? If you say, “I love you so much,” that can already be taking away the anger.

 

If you have hatred in you, you are also tasting evil.

 

The most important thing today that every person has to do is to cleanse their heart from anger.

 

Whenever we begin to get rid of anger, we are already five thousand years too late. We can’t wait any longer.

 

The only way to get rid of anger is to fill our hearts with a lot of joy.

 

Hating people or saying bad things does not make you less holy – it breaks you!

 

The whole world is a hospital. The whole world is sick. Hatred is a sickness. Do you think I will help the world by getting sick myself?

 

 


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The Ropshitzer Rebbe was famous for his sense of humor.

Once one of his followers asked him, “What is the reason for your custom to dress in only white cotton clothes?”

The Ropshitzer Rebbe said, “I cannot reveal this to you now. You must first prepare yourself. Immerse yourself in the ritual bath eighteen times every day. After three weeks come to me and I will reveal the reason to you.”

The follower did exactly as the Rebbe ordered, and after three weeks time he proudly went to the Rebbe.

“I did all that you asked,” said the follower. “Please reveal to me the secret.”

The Rebbe said, “Because it is cheaper.”

The follower was confounded: “What? Because it’s cheaper? Why did I have to immerse eighteen times a day for three weeks? Why couldn’t you just tell me?”

The Rebbe answered, “If I would have just told you, then you would have just told someone else, and he would have told someone else, and so on…. And before you know it the price would go up.”