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   The Torah [Bible] is called Etz Chaim, the Tree of Life, because it doesn’t stop. Nothing can stop the Torah. Absolutely nothing. People can stop, but not the Torah.

 

The Torah is growing; the teaching is growing, like a tree. It is so very strong.

 

There is a difference in Hebrew between chai and chaim. Chai means alive, and chaim means life. A man is alive, but the Torah is life. The teaching is life, not alive.

 

What is the difference between being alive and life? Very simple. If I’m alive, I am alive, but I cannot bring you to life. But anything that comes in contact with life itself becomes alive.

Teshuva [returning to GYd] is when the Torah touches the deepest depths of my life.

 

Anything that stops is not living, because if it stops, that means it’s not moving and thus not really alive. If something is really living, it can’t stop.

 

The tree of knowledge brings about death. Do you know what death is? It means that something will end somewhere. Everything has to end somewhere. Do you know what the tree of life is? No ending, no ending at all.

 


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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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