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+ 353 There are two levels in the study of Torah, Torah of the mind and Torah of the heart. The mind cogitates, comprehends and understands; the heart feels. I have come to reveal Torah as it extends to the heart as well. Baal Shem Tov


+ 362 When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity. Albert Einstein


+ 313 I'm not sure I would have ever started to draw, let alone write, if my childhood hadn't been so happy. It was a mixture of comfort and adventure. An excellent mixture! Tove Jansson


+ 277 To burn the leftover sacrifices Lev. 7:17


+ 296 Gam zu l'tova. This too is for the good. Nachum Ish Gamzu, Talmud, Taanit, 21a


+ 212 The people picked up their dough when it was not yet leavened, their leftovers bound in their garments on their shoulders. Shemot 12:34


+ 191 And anything upon which any of their carcasses of these animals fall, will become unclean. Thus, an oven or stove shall be demolished; they are unclean, and, they shall be unclean for you. Vayikra 11:35


+ 238 I must have had some high object in life, for I feel unbounded strength within me. But I never discovered it and was carried away by the allurements of empty, un-rewarding passions. I was tempered in their flames and came out cold and hard as steel, but I'd lost forever that fire of noble endeavour, that finest flower of life. How many time since then have I been an axe in the hands of fate? Like an engine of execution, I've descended on the heads of the condemned, often without malice, but always without pity. My love has brought no one happiness, for I've never sacrificed a thing for those I've loved. I've loved for myself, for my own pleasure, I've only tried to satisfy a strange inner need. I've fed on their feelings, love, joys and sufferings, and always wanted more. I'm like a starving man who falls asleep exhausted and sees rich food and sparkling wines before him. He rapturously falls on these phantom gifts of the imagination and feels better, but the moment he wakes up his dream disappears and he's left more hungry and desperate than before. Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time


+ 179 Balance means responding to criticism and to applause in the same ways - not to be controlled by either. Baal Shem Tov


+ 204 Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Why? Because every human being has a root in the Unity, and to reject the minutest particle of the Unity is to reject it all. Baal Shem Tov


+ 190 Everybody is unique. Compare not yourself with anybody else lest you spoil Hashems curriculum. Baal Shem Tov


+ 231 The Torah enumerates the 42 encampments in "the journeys of the Children of Israel who came out of Egypt." Each and every one of us goes through our own personal forty-two journeys in life, beginning with our "exodus," our birth, passing through the many way-stations in our lives, and concluding upon reaching the promised celestial "Land of Life." Baal Shem Tov


+ 152 "Our heart is the altar. In whatever you do let a spark of the holy fire burn within you, so that you may fan it into a flame." Baal Shem Tov


+ 152 "Our heart is the altar. In whatever you do let a spark of the holy fire burn within you, so that you may fan it into a flame." Baal Shem Tov


+ 305 Hands fed two beautiful swan
Their wish and less own
The Ether is amazing level
Optimism kills our evil


Give neighbor your love
Polar bear joys mazal tov
Loneliness is like ice air
We have not time to fear


All questions in your heart
Sun's love so perfect art
Ladies likes amazing fire
Kiss your lips and hug hair


Waterfall is our childhood
Freedom in this hollywood
Black war or white peace
We need understand this


Life is like one traveling
Anger is not good for king
Holy land is very fine
Just one love is our aim


+ 240 Before the war it was not uncommon for a Jew to live his entire life in a shtetl, a village, with a population of which ninety per cent were Jewish. For many, the only contact with non-Jews was when the so-called 'Shabbos Goy" came to their homes on Shabbat mornings during the cold winter months to light the stove. Now it so happened that Schmerel, a Jew from the shtetl, had reason to visit the Shtot - the big city. Schmerel was of course amazed by the tall buildings, the factories, the roads, which he passed on his way to the Jewish section. But what really shocked him was the small number of Jews compared to the huge number of non-Jews. Turning to a fellow Jew he exclaimed, "Why on earth do you need so many Shabbos Goys?"


+ 156 Boker Tov!


+ 156 Mazel Tov on your birthday. I hope your day brings an abundance of happiness and love to your life.


+ 71 If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up. Anna Akhmatova


+ 21 The preferred Shofar of Redemption is the Divine call that awakens and inspires the people with holy motivations, through faith in God and the unique mission of the people of Israel. This elevated awakening corresponds to the ram's horn, a horn that recalls Abraham's supreme love of God and dedication in Akeidat Yitzchak, the Binding of Isaac. It was the call of this shofar, with its holy vision of heavenly Jerusalem united with earthly Jerusalem, that inspired Nachmanides, Rabbi Yehuda HaLevy, Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura, the students of the Vilna Gaon, and the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov to ascend to Eretz Yisrael. It is for this "great shofar," an awakening of spiritual greatness and idealism, that we fervently pray. There exists a second Shofar of Redemption, a less optimal form of awakening. This shofar calls out to the Jewish people to return to their homeland, to the land where our ancestors, our prophets and our kings, once lived. It beckons us to live as a free people, to raise our families in a Jewish country and a Jewish culture. This is a kosher shofar, albeit not a great shofar like the first type of awakening. We may still recite a blessing over this shofar. There is, however, a third type of shofar. The least desirable shofar comes from the horn of an unclean animal. This shofar corresponds to the wake-up call that comes from the persecutions of anti-Semitic nations, warning the Jews to escape while they still can and flee to their own land. Enemies force the Jewish people to be redeemed, blasting the trumpets of war, bombarding them with deafening threats of harassment and torment, giving them no respite. The shofar of unclean beasts is thus transformed into a Shofar of Redemption. Whoever failed to hear the calls of the first two shofars will be forced to listen to the call of this last shofar. Over this shofar, however, no blessing is recited. "One does not recite a blessing over a cup of affliction." 1933 Sermon: The Call of the Great Shofar. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook


+ 19 Your fellow man is your mirror. If your own face is clean, the image you perceive will also be flawless. But should you look upon your fellow man and see a blemish, it is your own imperfection that you are encountering - you are being shown what it is that you must correct within yourself. Baal Shem Tov


+ 12 From every human being there rises a light. Baal Shem Tov


+ 17 Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Why? Because every human being has a root in the Unity, and to reject the minutest particle of the Unity is to reject it all. Baal Shem Tov


+ 15 The world is new to us every morning - and every man should believe he is reborn each day. Baal Shem Tov


+ 18 Everybody is unique. Compare not yourself with anybody else lest you spoil God's curriculum. Baal Shem Tov


+ 11 Before you can find God, you must lose yourself. Baal Shem Tov


+ 14 He who is full of joy is full of love. Baal Shem Tov


+ 10 There is no room for God in the man who is filled with himself. Baal Shem Tov


+ 21 Fear builds walls to bar the light. Baal Shem Tov


+ 14 Whenever feeling downcast, each person should vitally remember, "For my sake, the entire world was created." Baal Shem Tov


+ 20 The ideal of man is to be a revelation himself, clearly to recognize himself as a manifestation of God. Baal Shem Tov


+ 20 We should not laugh at the person who becoming caught up in his prayer bends his body or moves about in strange ways. Perhaps he moves in this manner to wave off unwelcome thoughts that would interrupt the prayer. Would we find it funny if we saw a person drowning going through strange motions doing whatever was necessary to save his life? Baal Shem Tov


+ 21 If the Bible didn't show us the weaknesses, the vulnerabilities, the sins of our heroes, we might have deep questions about their true virtue. Baal Shem Tov


+ 20 We should learn and reflect to the best of our capacity, but when we reach a point where we are unable to make sense of life, we should supplant faith for understanding, and reflect again on what we do know. Baal Shem Tov


+ 12 The central aspect of worship is the feeling of being at one with God. Baal Shem Tov


+ 14 Forgetfulness leads to exile while remembrance is the secret of redemption. Baal Shem Tov


+ 14 To pull a friend out of the mire, don't hesitate to get dirty. Baal Shem Tov


+ 16 For any of us to come to the understanding that we are common and unlearned is the accomplishment of a lifetime. Baal Shem Tov


+ 18 Unless we believe that God renews creation every day, our prayers grow habitual and tedious. Baal Shem Tov


+ 10 I am going out one door, and shall go through another. Baal Shem Tov


+ 20 Everything above and below is one unity. Baal Shem Tov


+ 21 As man acts, God reacts. Baal Shem Tov


+ 16 If a man has beheld evil, he may know that it was shown to him in order that he learn his own guilt and repent; for what is shown to him is also within him. Baal Shem Tov