Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Just came across my "Broken Heart" piece*.
What an intense creature, this one is.

*pun not intended

From a place of illuminated darkness --

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman's daily doses of wisdom from the Rebbe have saved me many a time. I often mark some of them for return, revisiting countless times over weeks or months until I feel I can check em off.
Tonight, I am ready to post and conquer this one, with the help of G-d Almighty.

Treasure Island
Our souls are in exile within our bodies. Our people is in exile within a foreign world.
And so there are two things we must know:
That this is not our place.
And that hidden treasure lies buried here; for G‑d dwells in darkness.
If we only remember that this is not our place, we may remain strong, we may even shine in the darkness. But what profit will there be from our exile?
And if we only remember that treasure lies here, we will begin to believe that this is our place, and if so, of what use is the treasure?

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 15, pg. 438; ibid vol. 5, pp. 459–461.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hi, My Name Is Ox

We all have a beast inside. The point is not simply to muzzle that animal, but to harness its power. But first you have to determine what sort of an animal this is and what can be done with it.
A sheep, for example, doesn’t care to hurt anyone. An ox, on the other hand, can kick and gore.
But did you ever see a sheep plow a field?
"I am in the West and my heart is in the East."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Menachem Av 14, 5776 · August 18, 2016

You shall know… and take to heart (4:39)

For many years Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch suffered from ill health, compelling him to undertake many trips to various European healing centers to consult with medical specialists.

On one such occasion, a professor-physician who had examined and interviewed the Rebbe categorized his ailment in the following manner: the heart craves something that is beyond the capacity of the mind, and the mind understands more than the heart can bear…

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday, August 04, 2016

A Rock for Me

Sometimes, when you're walking down the street, maybe even trudging, just doing what you gotta do, you pass a rock and think "Oh wow what a perfect rock to rest on!" and then you tell yourself no, you must move on, and so you move on, and then you think "wait, Hashem put that rock there for me!" so you go back and rest, and get energy for your walk, and share it with others so they too can get energy.

Also literally.