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Better Than the Sun

Better Than the Sun


There are three approaches to dealing with this world:

One is to remain aloof as the sun. The world will benefit from your light, but you will remain distant and removed. You will invest little in this world and so have little to lose.

Another approach is to wane and wax as the moon—to suffer the scars and bruises of life, delight in its offerings, thirst for its rewards, and tremble at its horrors—to invest everything and risk losing it all.

Or you could be both the sun and the moon at once. You could feel meaning and purpose in every episode of life, no matter how small. And, at the same time. remain above it all.

What is the secret? It is memory.

Even as you invest yourself in this world, remember you are not the body, but the soul.

By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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mary Hope March 24, 2017

Indeed the truth; to which I can truthfully testify. Reply

Sandie WV March 24, 2017

Papa When my beloved Papa died, I was expected to kiss him good-bye (Christian funeral); I could not and did not, for what lay in the coffin was just his shell. Reply

Sandy Cinncinnati April 7, 2017
in response to Sandie:

When my beloved mother died, I looked down at her body in the hospital bed. I tried to hug her, but there was nobody there.

I went every day to say kaddish for her, doing a lot of minyan hopping for a while. I found a place where they had breakfast after morning services and then Talmud classes. At the end of the day I went with my father to the congregation they had both attended daily in their last years, the one where I was brought up. After 11 months I stopped, and I missed it.

I came home from services one Shabbat morning, having attended for the first time without saying kaddish. I threw myself onto the bed and sank into a deep sleep. In my sleep I saw her middle aged self (not her elderly skinny self) sitting on a chair. I went up and tried to hug her and she evaporated. I called her and she reappeared, but each time I tried to hug her she faded. I finally realized I would not be able to hug her spirit and wakened, sobbing.

The last time she visited, 2006, she prayed for me Reply

inanna Nawlins October 30, 2014

"bringing heaven down to earth" is full of wise sayings... but somehow they are more than wise sayings.

Each of them rings with truth.

And each of them can be read again and again until we can live accordingly.

Every one of them is there as a reminder of who and what we can be...and must become.

Thank you. Now I need to get the 2nd volume.

This particular post is like one of those wise sayings...more than a wise saying. The embodiment of wisdom. Reply

Shelby Chicago October 25, 2014

"As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it"...

(proverbs 25:11, NWT);

Thank you so much, Rabbi Freeman; i'm eternally grateful for my daily "elixir";

Shalom. Reply

zak San Diego October 24, 2014

They wrestle as one,so both will see So there are levels of souls as there are offerings, for one must advance in thought as this couples with actions. So the body and spirit remembers the unity of degrees it climbs each new day. For within, remembers that man named all things that He above made. For in this he glorifies the Eternal One. As this is why all things are a purpose, as thought is to remembering where choices are best served to He that remembers you. Reply

Michal Germany October 24, 2014

To emulate the Creator That's why we are on earth. It helps to see it so clearly explained. Thanks, Rabbi Freeman, for "translating" the Rebbes thoughts so well, that it is easy for us, to grasp it. Reply

Mabel Butenschøn Oslo, Norway May 24, 2011

Thanks I want to thank you for connecting to His wisdom and that you share.

Knowing Ecclesiastes 11:1 is true, and even if it is love that motivates (not reward), the reward is a promise and since it is written, it is for our knowing.

So thank you for sharing. His Kingdom come.

As humans we all fail at times, and we might meet tuff periodes. Meeting someone that speaks wisdom when one need it is like what proverbs 25:11 describes.

Those small sentences mailed to me each day, often strickes my heart.

A little seed grows some time before becoming a tree, takes time before visible at all. And needing time before able to give fruit, and longer before seeds and then .in the end multiply.

All thanks to him that trust people to share from His wisdom.

Thanks Reply

Anonymous Mesa, Arizona, USA May 20, 2011

Better Than the Sun What about giving the honor and the glory to the Creator of the sun, body and soul?
Why not do everything for Him only?
When we eat, because He gave us this body to nurture until He calls our soul. To work, because that is His rule, to work for our substenance and independence. To sleep and rest because He gave us the grace to rest our body so that our soul can connect to him while doing so? To Him the Glory and Honor that He deserves. He is our King of King and L-rd of L-rd above, below, and beyond the earth. HalleluYah!!! Reply

Anonymous m, m May 20, 2011

nice "In the song of the sun, we discuss the spiritual significance os solar eclipse" Do you think a solar eclipse occurs due to certain sins? "Certain periods are set aside for Divine justice." a solar eclipse?

When eclipsed the sun is still shining through. It is not completely blocked by the moon and there are shining rays coming through significant like a ray of hope. During the dark times remember to look for the small signs, which tell us Hashem is with us.

How would this relate to the body and the soul and the idea of sin? The body can get the soul into an eclipse? Reply

Tzvi Freeman July 4, 2008

Re: the body's demands If the body needs something, then the sensible thing to do is to give that to the body. But many of us have gotten our body to the state that it wants to sleep when it should be working, work when it should be sleeping, starves itself when it should be eating and eats when it would be better off starving. Reply

Hal July 3, 2008

The body's demands What if the body has to have X, Y, and Z, and if it doesn't get them, the body gets sick and no longer has the strength to serve?

Doesn't that mean we should pay attention to the body's needs? Reply

Tzvi Freeman July 3, 2008

Re: DOes it help? Unfortunately no. IF the body messes up, the soul is shlepped into the mess as well. The advantage of remembering that you are the soul and not the body is that when the body starts making its demands, "I need this! I can't do that! This is not for me! Get me that!"--you can ignore the screams and weigh whether this is really needed or not, whether you really can't do that or maybe you can, whether this is for you after all and whether you really need to get whatever the body is screaming for. You take into account the needs of the soul and give those precedence over the demands of the body. That way the body doesn't mess up and the soul stays pure. Reply

Shmulie July 2, 2008

Does it help? Does that mean that the soul can enter the game but can let the body take the flak, ie the body gets dirty and the soul maybe doesn't? Reply

Tzvi Freeman July 2, 2008

for Shmulie The sun is an example of staying completely above and beyond. No big deal to stay clean when you never enter the sandbox.

But if you are going to enter the game and still want to stay above it, you need to keep in mind that the body is only a garment for the soul; it is not the real you.

Does that help? Reply

Shmulie July 2, 2008

And what does the sun do? Does the sun recall that it is not the body but the soul?

Is the sun's attitude like or unlike Gd's?


More explanation needed for clarity.; Reply

Michal Germany July 2, 2008

Retter than the Sun These words are able to teach a lot.
At least, they tought me.

Only, that I am a soul and not the body,
I find difficult to believe.
In my feeling, I am only a soul after I die, when my body is put into the grave.
Now, I am both, only the soul has to reign over the body, and not the body over the soul.. Reply