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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

How do you know which part of the service the congregation has reached? It’s very simple – if one third of the congregation is outside then they are davening (praying); if half the congregation is outside then they’re reading the Torah (Bible). Ah, but if everyone is outside then the Rabbi must be giving a speech!

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