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Our holy master Rebbe Nachman says that not only the soul has a soul – but my body also has a soul – the inside of my body. You know, imagine if all I used my hand for was just to take, and I never used my hand to give. Rebbe Nachman says I can get physically sick from this. My hand is crying, “Why didn’t you use me for the right purposes?” You know, if my ears only hear terrible things, if my ears never hear something holy, then physically my ears are angry at me: “Why didn’t you do something with me which I really want to?” Not only my soul is angry, the inside of my body is too.

Rebbe Nachman says the deepest thing. What are hands for? Hands are for reaching. How do you reach out to another human being? It is beyond giving and taking, reaching… reaching out to G-d in Heaven, gevalt. You know, there’s a Zohar which is most beautiful: Jacob, when he prayed, he was holding out his hands. Gevalt! He was reaching up to Heaven. Esau, when he prayed, his hands were always down. He didn’t want to reach G-d. He just wanted to get something from G-d. Do you know, friends, the whole wedding ceremony is between the hands. Because, you know, a lot of people love each other, but they don’t reach each other. And the deepest thing is to reach each other.

There’s another very important thing. Many things are very beautiful, but they don’t move. You know what feet are? Not only physical feet – the inside of my foot wants to move! Not to move to a new neighborhood – inside moving! Just moving!

I want to bless all of us that we should reach out to each other and that everything we want to do for the world and for G-d should be moving, moving, moving, moving, moving.

Friends, how far away are we from the day that the whole world should reach out to each other and dance? You know how far we are? Less than one second! It’s so easy. And yet the world is not doing it. Not because it’s so hard. Because the world refuses to do that which is easy. You know, if the word “peace” would take fifteen years to write down, every nation would say, “Hey, we are the first ones to make peace!” But it’s so easy! All it takes is, one handshake and one kiss. So they say, “Who needs it.” right? But, friends, you and I, we are not ashamed to be simple. You know what is the most simple thing in the world? That there is one G-d in Heaven. Is there something simpler than that? No “x” – no zeroes – nothing – just one G-d. One G-d.



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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