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In 1988 Rebbe Shlomo did  an electrifying music–tour of Poland. He was asked on Polish National Television, “Why would you even want to come here? It was the worst place for the Jews.”

He answered, “If you have the power to destroy, don’t you suppose you have the power to rebuild? I came here to shake hands with everyone in Poland.”

Within hours, his first concert was sold out as people wondered, “Who is this guy?” The audience, mostly non–Jews, was made up of diplomats, government officials, children of people who committed atrocities and children of Holocaust victims.

At one point, Rebbe Shlomo stopped the concert and said to the stone–faced audience, “You’re sitting here like you’re in an old folks home. If you want to get anger out of your hearts, the only way is to fill your hearts with so much joy that you cannot possibly hate. For this you need two hands and two feet. Let’s go!”

With that, the followers that were traveling with him went into the audience and danced, bringing everyone to their feet.







When a person is sick physically, the doctor says to the patient, “You have to take medicine.”  But if you and I want to cure the world, spiritually and mentally, then we, the doctors, have to take the medicine.  There is a medicine for everything, and it is made up of one word:  Joy.  Not external joy, but deep, inner joy.


The Prophet says that there is only one way to fix the world: We have to turn the clock back and make it be like before everything happened.  Let’s all go back to Paradise, and let’s forget that we were ever in hell.


When I see how much suffering there is in the world, my heart is so, so very heavy.  But I also know that we can fix it with a lot of joy.


When I see hatred, then I say to myself, “I have to love the world even more, to fix it.”


I would like it if you and I and all of us would live to see a better world. Not just a better world where today is better than yesterday, but where tomorrow is so good that I don’t even remember yesterday.


In the last fifty years there’s been a lot of darkness in the world. What you and I have to do is not only to turn the darkness into light, but we also have to bring so much joy into the world that we don’t even remember the darkness anymore.


When you meet someone you love a little bit, you are a little bit happy, but you still remember your pain. When you meet someone whom you love the most, you don’t even remember that you were ever sad. 


The truth is, one person can change the whole world, and the only problem is that we don’t really believe in ourselves.


Sometimes, when the door is closed, you have to go through the walls.


The whole world needs to get together and hold hands.


We should have time to take care of the world at least a little bit.



Daily Torah Quote

Joke of the day

Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”

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