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This is one of the top Torah teachings of Rebbe Nachman. You know, most of us always think of life in terms of, “What am I doing with my life? How much money do I make? What’s my future? What’s my past?” This is cute and sweet, but it’s the outside of it. Inside – life itself is so deep.

Rebbe Nachman says, at the moment when you put food into your mouth, if you want to, you can receive life on the highest level. You can take a bite of an apple and receive eternal life, or you can just receive the apple. It’s up to you.

The story goes that: Most Breslov Chassidim were poor. Reb Nosson, the greatest pupil of Rebbe Nachman, was once invited by Rebbe Nachman’s grandson, who was very wealthy. He didn’t feel right going there, but since he was invited he went, though, the whole day he was crying inside, “Gevalt, my Rebbe was so holy, and here this grandson is into money.” Reb Nosson relates, “I came to the house…” and due to the affluence, he regretted that he went, since he wasn’t accustomed to this kind of riches. And then the food was brought in, and he says, “Oy vey. With these of golden plates and golden spoons, who knows? Forget it!” But then, he continues, “Rebbe Nachman’s grandson walked in, and he made the blessing, hamotzi [blessing over the bread].” And he says, “The way he put the food in his mouth, I swear to you, I haven’t seen it since Rebbe Nachman.” Mamash, the grandson was eating with the utmost readiness to receive life on the highest level.


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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.”