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What do I really love?

Rebbe Nachman says… Do you really think we love what we want to love? Most of us love everything we don’t really want to love.


Friends, sometimes you can spend a thousand years, and only in the last minute of your life is it clear to you that everything you did in your life you didn’t want to do it. “This is not what I want.”


When do you reach the moment that it is clear to you; “What do I really love? What do I really want?” It is at those great moments when you are alone with G-d. When your own preciousness is shining so much. We need this the most.


Why is it that when you stand by the holy Wall something happens to you and you realize, that maybe all those things you want, you don’t really want.


Friends, I just want you to open your hearts. What is the holy Wall? How did King Solomon build the holy Temple? King Solomon collected the preciousness of every human being in the world. Unbelievable. And from that he built the House of G-d. Obviously he didn’t build it just from stones. That is just the outside. But the inside….


Your love gets stronger


Like exercising muscles, the more you feel love, the stronger your ability to love will get.


It is only if you love what you really want to love that your ability to love becomes stronger.  But if you love something which, deep down, you don’t love, then the deep muscles of love are not worked on.

How much can you love money?  Let’s put it on that level. Loving your child with all your heart, is different from the way that the most rotten, low creature loves money. These two different kinds of love do not really have the same effect on the heart, so the one who loves money is not really exercising his love muscles, right? You see, each time you love someone who you really want to love, your ability to love gets stronger.  If you love something you shouldn’t love, and you don’t really want to love, you are just wasting your love, and not exercising your love muscles.


Each time you give money to a poor man, your muscles of giving are being exercised and strengthened.

From the book:   Rebbe Nachman Says Book by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach



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.”