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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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Joke of the day

Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”

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