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Living Words

If you hear something, and it really affects you, and something really happens to you, it means it’s really living, and anything that is mamash [really] living is growing.

The Bal Shem Tov says, not only can you hear living words, but you can even hear living letters. One living letter, and it makes a whole explosion in your heart.

Yet from dead people you can hear entire sentences, and it has no meaning.

He says, everything is put into the earth; dead bodies, and seeds. When someone puts something into you, it’s like putting something into your soil. If he puts in dead words, he makes your heart into a cemetery, but when he puts in holy words, it’s like a seed, it’s growing.



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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!”