I had a meeting with a real estate agent that was scheduled for 1:15 p.m. at #7 Hatapuach Street. At 1:12 I was just leaving my house since it was only a three–minute walk from where I lived. Just then, a friend came to my door explaining that he had not slept the previous night and that he needed a cup of coffee very much.
My spiritual teacher, Rebbe Shlomo, taught us by example, and by repeatedly quoting Rabbi Kloynimus Kalman who said that: “The most important thing is to do someone a favor.” So how could I refuse? I made my friend some coffee, and headed out the door. I was late; it was already 1:15.
BOOM!! Then another BOOM, with debris flying through the air. At exactly 1:15 on Hatapuach Street two bombs exploded.
“The most important thing is to do someone a favor.” This teaching saved my life.
If I tell you something good, which comes from my soul, then it’s infinite.
I can walk for two miles with my feet, and I am finite. I can walk with my feet to do somebody a favor, and I am infinite.
You see, infiniteness and joy come from the same place. Because if you do something on an infinite level, can you imagine how much joy there is?
The Ishbitser Rebbe says: Every person has an absolute drive to reach beyond, to be infinite. The only problem is, if they don’t know how to handle it, they want more food, more money, more clothes.
You have this drive for more, for stuffing yourself. The question is, what are you stuffing yourself with? To be a better friend, to love people more? Or are you stuffing yourself with yet another ‘good time?’
Holy people are in this world to let us know: Don’t channel your drive for the infinite into stupid things.
This world is so special because here everything is open. So much so that, even if yesterday you might have been the lowest person in the world, today you can reach the highest levels. If you had a fight with somebody yesterday, today you can be great friends.
Heaven is infinite yet also finite. This world is really infinite. Right here, in the chair you are sitting on. This world is infinite.
In Heaven who needs friends? Nobody needs help. Only in this world can you be a friend to someone. I can walk on the street and hear somebody cry and, in one second, I can reach beyond myself.
When you love someone very much, and you sit together under a tree for an hour, you experience G-d’s infiniteness, which is only in this world. Even in Heaven it is not infinite like this.
Every time you do a favor for a person, you can be close to the person and experience G-d’s infiniteness, which is only in this world.
The sweetest things are infinite. The most sour things are finite.