Is there any greater joy in the world than when you see somebody crying, and you give them life, you give them one ounce of joy, you give them one ounce of hope.
Rebbe Nachman says, the greatest crime is to take away somebody’s self confidence, to take away somebody’s hope.
And the greatest, greatest thing in the world is, if you can give it to somebody. Because the only way of getting into heaven, basically, is by giving it to somebody else. And that kind of joy which comes from heaven, is only given to you at that moment when you give it to somebody else.
You know, it says, “sisu et Yerushalayim [give joy to Jerusalem].” How do you get joy? By giving joy to Yerushalayim [Jerusalem]. Yerushalayim is that place in our hearts, in the world, which is destroyed. And if you rebuild it a little bit, gevalt, is that good.
A fair exchange
Sweetest friends, believe me… and I am sure you know it anyway; but people who don’t believe in G-d don’t have joy. They have fun. But joy? No.
I once was sitting with some Communists in Belgium; They were members of Shomer Tsair, Jewish young people, real Communists. I was sitting with them, and I said to them, “OK, you know what? Let’s exchange religions. I will be a Communist, and you will be, so to speak, frum [religious]. But it has to be a fair exchange. Look what I am giving you. I am giving you Shabbos, Pesach, Shavuos, Sukkot. I am giving you joy. I am giving you heaven to the utmost. What can you give me back for an exchange? Do you have any holiday? Do you have one Shabbos in your life? Do you have one ray of hope, one ray of beauty? You are gloomy people, right? So it is not a fair exchange. So I will stick to mine.”
Anyway, it got through to them.