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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.



Daily Torah Quote

Joke of the day

poor man came to the house of an elderly couple. Unfortunately they had nothing in the house to give him except an old piece of fish “from before the time of Noah’s Ark and the flood.” Out of desperation, they served him this fish and the next thing they knew he had to be rushed to the hospital. The elderly couple, of course, accompanied him to the hospital but, unfortunately, watched him die in front of their eyes.

At the funeral the elderly woman was crying uncontrollably and her husband was having a hard time trying to console her. She was hysterically screaming, “The fish killed him, the fish killed him.”

The husband who couldn’t stand to see his wife in such a state comforted her and said, “My darling, it’s really not that bad. We had the merit of fulfilling three good deeds: Welcoming guests, visiting the sick, and escorting the deceased!”