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Truth And Faith


Reb Nachman says: there is the world which is called emes [the truth] and another world which is called emunah [believing].  Not that believing is not the truth, but there is something deeper than the truth.  Believing is not the feeling that anything which I don’t know and I can’t figure it out and I can’t prove it, so I believe in it.  This is stupidity, it’s not believing.  Believing is a different kind of knowledge. It is emunah. Emunah is the deepest, deepest inside, inside, inside knowledge.  I have no proof.  I don’t know.  But I know that this is the truth.


The way I know my daughter is beautiful is not on the level of truth, it’s on the level of emunah.  I believe that she’s the most beautiful girl in the world…. This is something else… the deepest, deepest knowledge there is.


Learning Torah is on the level of truth.  Praying is emunah.  A lot of people know that there is one G-d, on the level of truth, but they don’t know how to pray.  If I know G-d on the level of emunah, my relationship to G-d is:  “You can ask Him anything in the world.”  In other words, emunah. Believing in something is the closest I can get to that thing. The closest knowledge there is.  And this knowledge has no words.


Reb Nachman says that Har Sinai, Mount Sinai, is the headquarters for the truth.  But everybody knows that Yerushalayim, the Holy City of Jerusalem, is the headquarters of believing.  Because the Holy Land is the headquarters of believing.


Outside Israel, I can know that there is one G-d on the level of truth.  The revelation of G-d in the Holy Land is a completely different truth.  It’s on the level of believing.


On Mount Sinai, mamash I say there is one G-d.  G-d revealed himself to me.  I saw lightening and thunder, I heard GYd’s voice.  It was clear to me like daylight.  In Eretz Israel [The Land of Israel], in Yerushalayim, you don’t see anything.  You see a little wall.  Gevalt it’s so deep… That’s something else.


Reb Nachman says: there is nature and there is beyond nature.  Beyond nature depends on how much you believe.  To be in exile means that we have trouble believing that there is something beyond nature.


You can keep every Shabbos to the letter of the law, but you haven’t kept Shabbos yet.  Unless Shabbos reaches the High Heart, the deepest, deepest, deepest, highest place in your heart, you didn’t feel it yet.


What is the High Heart?  The High Heart is that it touches me so deep.  “Kisvem al luach libech – It should be written on your heart.”  I realize that I can ever do without it.  I can’t be without it.



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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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