Rebbe Nachman’s holy mother was named Feigele. She was called Feigele hanevia, Feigele the prophetess. She had clear vision from one corner of the world to the other. And she was the daughter of Udele, aish das lamo, the daughter of the Heilege Holy Bal Shem Tov himself.
The Mezritche Maggid said, “Until Mashiach is coming, when one Yid [Jew] will give just one krechts [crying out to G-d], it is all because of the Bal Shem Tov.”
But Rebbe Nachman: Zeh mesechta bifnei atsmo [but Rebbe Nachman is a whole tractate himself].
Basically this teaching of Rebbe Nachman is two things:
1) How much would you give not to stop breathing? Billions of times more, you have to give everything, not to ever, G-d forbid, not to ever stop being b’simcha [filled with joy]. Because if you are not b’simcha, if you are not filled with joy, you are dead, a thousand times a second.
2) And then he says, don’t ever give up. Don’t ever, ever give up.
The heilege zeise [holy sweet] Rebbe Nachman, the heilege Rebbe, the Rebbe of all the Rebbes, the tzadik of all the tzadikim, this is what he said:
If you ever, ever want to be a servant of the One, of the Only One, you have to learn three lessons. You have to know these three things before you begin serving G-d.
The first thing is: You have to learn how to walk. You have to learn how to stand… You have to learn how to walk, and you have to learn how to stand.
When you are praying, when you daven, you stand before the One, before the Only One.
When you are doing mitzvas, when you do something good, you are walking… you are walking… you are walking in His ways.
But only those who know how to stand, know how to walk.
And those who know how to walk, they also know how to stand.
Learn how to walk… learn how to stand… learn how to walk… learn how to stand….
That is the first torah teaching. The second teaching is:
Learn how to fall… learn how to fall… learn how to fall and to get up.
The second teaching is a little bit harder. Learn how to fall… learn how to fall, and to get up.
So when you are falling, let your heart be filled with great joy, because G-d is teaching you how to get up. Because if you wouldn’t fall, you’d never learn how to get up.
When you are falling, let your heart be filled with joy, because the One, the Only One, is teaching you how to get up.
You hear, my friends…. Learn how to walk, learn how to stand. Learn how to fall, and to get up.
Now comes the third teaching: this is hard. Open up your hearts. What do you do when you are falling, and you can’t get up? What do you do when you are falling, and you don’t stop falling? When you are falling, you are falling, you are falling, and you are still falling. What do you do when you are falling and falling and falling? What do you do when you are falling and nobody holds your hand, nobody is helping you, and you can’t get up?
So this is what the heilege tzadik Rebbe Nachman says: In the meantime, keep on walking, in the meantime keep on standing… in the meantime keep on standing, in the meantime keep on walking. In the meantime let your heart be filled with joy. In the meantime keep on singing, keep on dancing. Until one day, until one day, one day, one day, it will be revealed to you that you never fell, that you never fell, because how is it possible to fall when the One, the Only One, is holding you so close.
On Yom Kippur I am standing before G-d, and I say, “Master of the world, forgive me, I am falling, I was falling so much.” Then, when I am sitting in the sukkah, betsilo demehemnusa, betsilo DeKudsha Brich Hu [sheltered in the shade of G-d], and I realize that I never fell, because the Rebono Shel Olam, His light surrounds me all the time, and is holding me, a Jew can never fall.
Learn how to walk, learn how to stand. Learn how to fall and to get up. Learn how to fall and to know that a Jew can never fall.
On Sukkot we bring seventy sacrifices for the whole world. If I would ask you, “Do you really think that one day, Mashiach is coming, and the whole world will be fixed?” So you will tell me, “Nah, I can’t believe it. Listen to the radio, look at the newspaper. You are wrong.”
Let me ask you, four weeks ago, did you think you would be so holy? Ahh, the Rebono Shel Olam opened gates for you. And suddenly you are so pure and so holy. Maybe G-d will open gates for the whole world, for G-d’s world. G-d created them.
So on Sukkot, we say, “Master of the world, letaken olam bemalchus shin daled yud. Master of the world, let me have a hand in fixing the whole world.”
“Veyetayu kol leavdecha, vevarchu shem kevodecha, veyagidu roim tzidkecha, veyitnu lecha keter melucha.”