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In my campaign for legalizing the private teaching of Hebrew in Russia, I publicly insisted that my Hebrew lessons be accepted as a legitimate occupation. It did not contradict Soviet law, but the KGB did what they wanted to do. The popular Russian saying of the time was, “If you are arrested, it means you are guilty.” And I was arrested. I felt depressed, frightened, and beyond hope. I feverishly paced from one corner of the cell to the other like a caged animal.

In those terrible moments of my life it was Shlomo Carlebach who extended his hand to help me. In my mind I suddenly heard one of his songs, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” The lyrics inspired me, and the melody comforted me. My thoughts slowly turned in another direction. The walls of my cell began to expand and the gloomy atmosphere of the prison was replaced by the warm, familial embrace of the Jewish world, its past and ongoing future. I was ready to withstand any test. I was not alone.

(Yosef Begun)


The most important thing is not to give up.


Don’t ever give up on the world. Don’t ever give up on any human being. We are all created in G-d’s image, every one of us is so very holy. Every one of us has the capacity to be so good. We just need good friends to remind us.


The difference between young and old is: Those who still believe are young. Those who gave up are old.


What does it mean to honor myself? It means to wait. To wait to be better.


Each time I do something good, G-d blows His mind over it. 



Daily Torah Quote

Joke of the day

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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