Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Don't believe everything you feel."
 - Rabbi Manis Friedman


Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Baal Shem Tov goes a step farther: When one craves a material delight, even food and drink, it is actually ones soul craving and desiring the divine energy (spiritual sparks) within these items. [29]People’s particular tastes and preferences are determined by the difference of their souls and the ‘sparks’ they are drawn to. [30]

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"I have a tradition from my zeide (that is, the Baal Shem Tov) that foolishness, sadness, and a feeling of self-worth - are considered by chassidim as aveiros deOraysa. Acute perception, simcha that comes from finding the good in everything, and zerizus bimesinus (doing one'savoda with calm swiftness) - are considered by chassidim to be mitzvosdeOraysa.."
(סה"ש קיץ ש"ת ע' 52)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Free Choice Have We

Life does not tell stories. People do. Life provides no more than raw materials. Raw enough for us to look back and construct at least two versions of our own biography: one a prison, the other a palace.

This is the greatest kindness the Master of Life has given us: He has placed His own pen in our hands, so that we may enjoy the dignity of a palace constructed by our own design.

(Daily Dose by Tzvi Freeman)

A Shiva House

"Horrible to see you here", I find myself greeting people.

A shiva house.

Horridness grinning freakishly. We won't grant you victory, Death.
We'll double his life till you melt in shame.

We'll all March 4th.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Just Me 'n G-d

It's just He and I right now.
I'm slowly detaching from the world.
No more am I chained by the forces that used to hold me down.
External and internal, all are dissipating.
I am light, unfettered, floating up, rising higher.
I am loose, x-rayed, clear.

I love my Father and my Father loves Me.

Happiness and Peace

The two most important things right now.
Please please keep it and spread it.

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Rebbe wanted to hear every detail. Everything was important to him, everyONE was important to him.
I must feel more confident in spilling out my heart to the Rebbe. I must go to the Ohel more often.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Videos of the Rebbe

Why does watching videos of the Rebbe make me cry?
Is the emotion I'm feeling, one of longing?
Yearning to see our Tatteh?
Is it sadness?
Pain that he's not physically here?
Am I feeling gratitude?
Joy for what I have?
Is it shame?
Regret for my behaviours?
Why do I well up like this?
It's different since כ"ז אדר, I think.
But I've always gotten emotional.
But then, it was just love.
Pure love and admiration and pride.
Now I have other emotions intertwined.
Is it good? Is it bad?
I wish Moshiach would come already and the Rebbe won't be in pain ever again.
Cuz even in the good scenes, the Rebbe is still holding back so much, dealing with so much, suffering in this doubly darkened exile. Feh.

Avodah Back In The Day

"The Tzemach Tzedek commented: Such an interpretation could be proposed only by a chassid who has davened and labored in avoda for thirty years." (Hayom Yom 29 Adar 1)

Gosh we don't even know what that means, to labor in avoda for thirty years. Well, I can only speak for myself, I guess. I don't even know what that means. Thirty minutes is more in my mind frame.