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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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A not–so–young man and woman were sitting on the porch of the hotel catching a little breeze. The woman turned to the man and said, “It’s really something – you look exactly like my third husband.”

The gentleman asked her, “How many times have you been married?”

She replied, “Only twice so far!”