A Quote From The Rebbe

Physical life is also very important, and especially that of a human being. Nevertheless, all Jews are princes, and the life of a prince is intrinsically dependent upon his bond with his father, the king. Thus, if he is given life but severed from his father, the king, and cast into a dung heap to live the life of an animal, not only will he not enjoy this life, but he will despise it.

[Along these lines,] there is the known story of the chossid, Reb Yekusiel Liepler (see HaYom Yom of 6 Cheshvan). When the Alter Rebbe wanted to bless him with long life, he responded: “But not with peasant years, who have eyes, but don’t see, and ears, but don’t hear; they don’t see G–dliness, and they don’t hear G–dliness.”

This appears surprising. When one is given a gift, and all the more so when one is given a great gift, how can he refuse to accept it unless the gift is even greater? A long life has great intrinsic value (and especially since the pleasure of living includes all the pleasures of the world), how could Reb Yekusiel have made conditions in the blessing?

The explanation is that Reb Yekusiel’s condition was not that the blessing be increased, but that the long life be true life. He felt with certainty that the entire existence of life was to see and hear G–dliness. Thus, he stipulated, “but not with peasant years,” for he considered days and years in which one does not see and hear G–dliness completely worthless; on the contrary, he despised such days and years.


Choose your God carefully



As I replay in my minds eye the throngs that try to get a moment with the President of the United States, or perhaps Tebow, or Michael Jordan, or perhaps Tom Hanks; the memory of the ancient story, the prophesy, the destiny of mankind seems to be so true.


The night was young, and the Emperor, ruler over all known countries, Nevuhadnetzar, fell asleep – his dream was certain – it contained a message – but he just couldn’t remember it.




Daniel, the Rebbe of his age, came and told the dream to the king and in good old fashioned Jewish style AKA Josef, he also told him its meaning.


In the dream the king saw a statue, its head made of 24 carat gold, it arms of silver, its torso of copper, its legs of iron and at the very bottom some toes of dirt.


“God is revealing the future” Daniel told the king, in the book of Daniel recorded thousands of years ago, and born out in truth.


“Gold is your kingdom, to be taken over by the Persians, silver; to be taken over by the Greeks, silver (sorry copper;) to be taken over by the Romans, iron” – for unlike the previous metals that silversmiths shape them, iron is a metal that is unshapable, its strength like iron steel, is steel gripped, and hence Rome lasted for thousands of years in terms of its progenitors the west.


In the very end, a weak lowly tribe will arise, the Arabs, whom like dirt, though perhaps part of a statue, yet unlike iron, whenever they are attacked crumble, as a man steps on dirt to disintegrate it into millions of tiny pieces.


But then in the end, the king saw a rock, small but more formidable than its size, this rock crushed the statue which turned to chaff and blew away in the wind and then the rock grew into a mountain.


So too, in the end of days, the previous four kingdoms all based on power and wealth, the need for recognition, will dissipate and it will be the rock, the wisdom of Moshiach, the wisdom of unity, the wisdom of Chassidus, of Jewish mysticism, the wisdom of the Rebbe of our generation who being the seventh Rebbe contains all the previous wisdom of all the previous Rebbes from Mosses to him, will grow.


This small rock will become the fountainhead from which all nations will drink.


All will change directions from the God of stupidity, to the God of goodness; from the God of self-agrandization, to the God of unity; from the God of me, to the God of we!





Thank God I just learnt as I try to, a chapter of Tanya before Davening – today was the thirteenth chapter of the fourth book of Tanya called Iggeres Hakodesh.

All I can say is Thank-God!

It opened up a new understanding, in an old fact – which I am of course sharing with you.

We all know – or at least now you do – that there three archetypes.

Abraham – unconditional love, hence giving

Isaac – unconditional self-discipline, hence discipline is the motif

And Jacob – the path of truth, the blend between the above two – also called the trait of compassion.

Now what the Alter Rebbe taught was truly amazing, significant and life-enhancing!

You see, the trait of unconditional love results in an openness.

The trait of unconditional discipline results in a closed-“offness.”

The following is my explanation on the middle path – the path of Jacob:

Think about it in terms of energy to understand how profound this truly is.

If we had unconditional energy then we couldn’t use any of our technology, for it would blow the appliances, circuits etc.

If we had a limited flow of energy we couldn’t use many of our appliances for we would lack the energy to do so.

Rather there must be an exact supply, not too much, nor to little, which is just right.

Similarly if we just exude unconditional love, we are liable to spoil the child as King Solomon states, spare the rod, hate the child; and we find, children that lack boundaries, which doesn’t give a person joy, for their lives are confusion, aimless, meaningless, as is evident by how many tens of millions of people are killing themselves on drugs and other bizarre stupidities!

On the other hand, if we are unconditionally disciplined, we rob both ourselves and others of all joy!

So what is the middle path!?

There is only one voice that is accurate on what the balance between these two approaches should be.

In a certain sense, this strife between left and right is actually the fundamental difference between the liberal approach of, all goes; and the disciplined approach of religion, which both approaches historically have led to unhappiness!

The only voice that is able to apply the right hand when necessary and the left hand when necessary is a super-consciousness!

A consciousness that need not be one thing or the other.

A super-consciousness that knows what is the perfect amount of love and discipline in, and for, every situation!

That of course is the voice of God!


The Rebbe believed



  • You and God are really one
  • You have the potential of God to rectify our world for every person is the entire world in a microcosm (as the entire world is the macrocosm of every person) hence by you changing your world (including your community)  you will rectify the world
  • The Rebbe believed that good deeds elicits God’s blessings
  • The Rebbe believed that goodness and kindness, namely charity and love will bring Moshiach sooner.