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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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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.”


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