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Be What you Have to Be

Rebbe Nachman says, there are two kinds of evil. One is when I want to give charity, and my evil inclination comes and says, “Don’t give.” Then there is a general evil that is not concentrated against any specific action or thing. It is concentrated against my being what I am supposed to be. This evil doesn’t mind what I do – “Do anything you want to be holy. Be Holy, who cares? Just don’t be what you have to be” – because this is deeper than anything in the world. Evil is trying to stop every person from being what he or she is supposed to be. “Don’t be a Jew. Even if you want to be what you are, don’t be real about it.” Evil is holding out with its last strength, “Just don’t be completely what you have to be.” We have to cut off this evil.



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Joke of the day

A young man learning in Yeshiva is engaged to a wonderful young lady from wealthy home. The father is upset. How is this guy going to make a living? So he takes him into his office to interview him while the mother and the future bride wait nervously outside. The father says, “How do you intend to make a living?” “G-d will provide,” answers the young man. “Well, my daughter’s needs are great; she was brought up that way.” “G-d will provide,” comes the reply. “How about a house? She needs a big house.” “G-d will provide.””How about clothes? She’s used to expensive, elegant dressing.” “G-d will provide.” The father comes out of the interview and the mother and daughter anxiously inquire, “So what do you think?” “Why, he’s a very fine young man. He thinks I’m G-d!”