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Why is it that when someone talks, the more you look at him while he’s talking the more you can understand what he is saying, but when someone is singing, when you close your eyes you hear the nigun [tune] better?

And why is it that when someone is talking, “trei koli lo mishtama [you can’t hear two people’s voices at once]”? But with neginah, singing, the more people who sing together, the more beautiful it is.

Rebbe Nachman says: Words are on the level of the asarah ma’amaros, the Ten Pronouncements with which the world was created. Therefore, when someone talks, he’s using worldly tools. Singing, however, comes from the world which is beyond Creation. If I sing one thing, and you sing something else, it can become harmony.

When someone talks, you look at the person. But when someone is singing, you close your eyes, because singing is so heavenly. The less you’re in this world, the less you’re looking at the world, the more you know what to sing about.



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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.”