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Three Lessons

Rebbe Nachman, the holy master, says, in order to serve G-d you have to learn, you have to know, three lessons.

The first lesson is that you must learn how to walk, and you must learn how to stand. When you do a mitzvah, when you do something good, you’re walking in G-d’s ways. When you’re praying, you stand before the Only One. But only those who are walking know how to stand, and only those who are standing know how to walk. This is the first lesson.

The second lesson is a bit harder: learn how to fall and how to get up. If you are falling, don’t be sad; you know G-d is teaching you how to get up. If you don’t fall, how can the One, the Only One, teach you how to get up? So when you’re falling, let your heart be filled with joy, because the Only One, who knows and can teach you, is showing you how to get up.

The third lesson is the hardest: I have a feeling that this lesson is about you and me, about all of us. What do you do when you’re falling, and you can’t get up? What do you do when your heart is so broken, your spirit is so destroyed, that there’s nothing to hope for, nothing to look back to? Rebbe Nachman says, in the meantime, keep on walking, in the meantime, keep on praying, in the meantime, keep on loving, until the day when it’s revealed to you that you never fell. How could it be possible to fall when The Only One is holding you so close.

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Rebbe Nachman says, when you want to jump over a rope, you don’t stand in front of the rope and jump over. You have to go back a little. Then you jump. This is one of the classic Torah teachings of Rebbe Nachman. If you find yourself far away, oy, gevalt, is G-d preparing you to jump! G-d is preparing you for the highest jump ever.


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Once there was a Yeshiva student going out on his first date. He went to his friend for advice. “What do I talk about with the girl?”

His friend said, “It’s as easy as pie. First you talk about love. Then you talk about family. And then you talk about philosophy.”

OK, the great moment arrives. They sit down and first he says, “Tell me honestly, do you love lokshen (noodles)?”

She says, “No, I hate lokshen.”

OK, let’s try family. “Does your brother like lokshen?”

“I don’t have a brother.”

Oh, no, this is not so simple. Let’s try philosophy. “If you would have a brother, do you think he would like lokshen?”