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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

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.”