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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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Once there was a Yeshiva student going out on his first date. He went to his friend for advice. “What do I talk about with the girl?”

His friend said, “It’s as easy as pie. First you talk about love. Then you talk about family. And then you talk about philosophy.”

OK, the great moment arrives. They sit down and first he says, “Tell me honestly, do you love lokshen (noodles)?”

She says, “No, I hate lokshen.”

OK, let’s try family. “Does your brother like lokshen?”

“I don’t have a brother.”

Oh, no, this is not so simple. Let’s try philosophy. “If you would have a brother, do you think he would like lokshen?”