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   Rebbe Nachman says: A person is not what he knows; a person is not what he does. A person is what he is longing for.

 

The greatest obfuscation [covering up] of GYd is that I think I know.

My good actions can be destroyed by my unholy actions. Holy words can be destroyed by unholy words. Holy yearning comes from a place where unholy yearning doesn’t reach. This is really that part of me which is indestructible.

 

When you open your eyes, this is simply the level of what you see. Why do you close your eyes? You close your eyes because what you are longing for is not yet here. In order to see what you are longing for, you have to close your eyes.

 

When the sun and moon are shining, they show us something that is there. What does a candle show us? Why does a candle shine? A candle shows us all of the things we are longing for. This vision is so awesome that the candle shines.

 

When the sun is shining, there is no darkness. When the moon is shining, it partially drives away the darkness. But a candle leaves the dark just as it is. The candle just shines.

 


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The Ropshitzer Rebbe was famous for his sense of humor.

Once one of his followers asked him, “What is the reason for your custom to dress in only white cotton clothes?”

The Ropshitzer Rebbe said, “I cannot reveal this to you now. You must first prepare yourself. Immerse yourself in the ritual bath eighteen times every day. After three weeks come to me and I will reveal the reason to you.”

The follower did exactly as the Rebbe ordered, and after three weeks time he proudly went to the Rebbe.

“I did all that you asked,” said the follower. “Please reveal to me the secret.”

The Rebbe said, “Because it is cheaper.”

The follower was confounded: “What? Because it’s cheaper? Why did I have to immerse eighteen times a day for three weeks? Why couldn’t you just tell me?”

The Rebbe answered, “If I would have just told you, then you would have just told someone else, and he would have told someone else, and so on…. And before you know it the price would go up.”


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