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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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poor man came to the house of an elderly couple. Unfortunately they had nothing in the house to give him except an old piece of fish “from before the time of Noah’s Ark and the flood.” Out of desperation, they served him this fish and the next thing they knew he had to be rushed to the hospital. The elderly couple, of course, accompanied him to the hospital but, unfortunately, watched him die in front of their eyes.

At the funeral the elderly woman was crying uncontrollably and her husband was having a hard time trying to console her. She was hysterically screaming, “The fish killed him, the fish killed him.”

The husband who couldn’t stand to see his wife in such a state comforted her and said, “My darling, it’s really not that bad. We had the merit of fulfilling three good deeds: Welcoming guests, visiting the sick, and escorting the deceased!”


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