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When I pray, I’m getting out of the regular order of the world.  I’m even getting out of the order of the Torah.  Imagine GYd-forbid somebody is sick.  According to the order of the world, this person has to die.  And I’m praying, “Ribbono Shel Olam, can you please change all the orders of the world.”


Imagine I did everything wrong in my life, according to the orders of the Torah, I’m the lowest creep, and I’m praying, “Ribbono Shel Olam, please fix my soul.”  Praying is that I’m in an absolute infinite world.


A complete person is somebody who knows exactly when to be in order and when to be beyond order.


Imagine you don’t say any words, you just cry.  Prayer has no beginning and no end.  Praying is something… something else.


King David says, “v’ani tfilati”  [I am a prayer].  The question is are you a prayer.  Are you filled with prayer.  If you’re filled with prayers, it means you’re beyond nature.  Because then I can see a person who’s the lowest person and I believe that this person can be lifted up to the highest level.


Reb Nachman says: everybody knows that Israel is the headquarters for miracles, because your level of miracles depends on how much you are connected to prayer.  If a person tells you, “I don’t believe in miracles,” you know what that means?  That this person has never prayed in his life.


Israel is the headquarters of praying, the headquarters of miracles, the headquarters of believing completely in our relationship to G-d.  So what is it to be in exile?  We don’t know how to pray.  Because the Holy Temple is the headquarters for praying.  Israel is the Land of prayers, and in the Holy Temple is the headquarters.


As long as I’m not connected to that ‘fixing’, I still think that there are certain things that I can do and certain things that I can not do; I can only go that far.


The moment I’m really on the level of being a little bit fixed, mamash I’m infinite, infinite. 


Praying means I’m standing face to face with G-d and I can do anything in the world. I’m mamash connected. I’m plugged in to the real electricity.

In Yerushalayim, everything looks different.





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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