Once there was an old man who was on his deathbed. He turned to his five children and said, “Please, before I die, run to Mama and bring me one last piece of her delicious cake.”
The five children ran desperately to fulfill their dying father’s last wish. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity to him, they returned with the news: “Sorry, Dad, but Mama said she’s saving the cake for after the funeral.”
I saw a woman jump into the sea and swim away. I had a feeling that she wasn’t planning to come back. I jumped into the water, and started swimming after her. I am a good swimmer, but not as good as she was. I pleaded with her to return to land, but she just cried, “I don’t have the strength to continue living.”
I told her, “If you want to commit suicide, you will have to do it tomorrow, because I will drown here with you. I’m not going back without you.”
She was crying so much that she finally fainted. I put my arm under her chin and made it back to land.
After she was taken to the hospital, I sat on the beach for a long time. I felt such deep holiness. To save a life….
(Rebbe Shlomo saved many people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. It is hard to know how many people Rebbe Shlomo saved from suicide. This is one of the stories that he told us.)
Life is the deepest blessing. The problem is that most people have never tasted life.
If we can truly live, even for one second, it keeps us going for a very long time.
Life is so strong that, if I just remember it, it comes to me again and I am reborn, because life is eternity.
When we are sad, and we think that we have nothing to keep us happy, all we have to do is to remember that moment when we were truly alive. That is the best medicine against sadness.
Anything which is “always” is a lie, because there is no such thing as always. The sign that something is true is if it is a living thing. A living thing is moving.
You can be holy, but if you are not growing, you are dead.
There is such a thing as the secret of living, and the secret of dying.
The secret of living is always to be in touch with yourself, and always to remember how pure you can be. The secret of dying is to realize how high you can reach.
Dying doesn’t mean that you stopped living. Dying means that you reached that level that you can’t do any more.
The deepest depth of life is to know that it’s all a gift.
A person who kills is not really here, because he is not part of G-d’s existence. If he would be part of G-d’s existence, how could he kill? How can a person do something to destroy the world?
Everyone wants to emulate G-d. G-d is giving life to people. We can only give life to people when we are filled with joy.
When we are lacking something, that does not mean that G-d doesn’t want to bless us: it only means that we just don’t have the vessels to receive. Our vessels are constricted.
G-d is constantly sending down all the blessings in the world. Are you there to receive them? Where are you when they arrive?