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The Neck

The Neck

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Between the head and the heart lies a narrow passage called the neck.

This is to our advantage, so that when the heart rushes in frenzy over its desires and its fears, the head can still observe from its perch above the rapids and direct the heart back on course.

It is also to our disadvantage, because the head must speak very loud and clear to make itself heard to the heart so far below.

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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Eugina G Herrera New York, New York May 13, 2012

In other words, don't just extend your neck, think before speaking for your heart and ours can communicate what we truly are sharing with our loud Heart to be heard with G-D Reply

Katherine Anderson Seattle, WA May 13, 2012

Thiis is actually about the head ans neck essay. I loved it. I have been readng the Rabbi for a couple of years now. He gives good advice and thoughtful comments and sometimes his humour comes out. I refer to this as part of my daily diet, I read him in the morning with my coffee. Thank you for being a part of my life. Reply

L. Shepherd Miami Beach, Fl May 13, 2012

I traveled on the Black Hills of South Dakota and I asked a Native American why they leave their hair long. He looked at me and then said:
"The hair is part of the nervous system and with hair we can perceive more, feel more, we are more Human with long hair."
I remembered that when Samson lost his hair he lost his power. Immediately knew the wisdom of the Rabbis was very accurate. Reply

rabbi yochanan ben avrohom louisville, ky May 13, 2012

This is absolutely what is wrong with rabbinical Judaism, The head resides in the world with man and his ego. The heart is full of love, compassion and is the dwelling place of the Most High G-d. This what has lead the 21st century Jew to the place he dwells in now. How can a Jew that doesn't love his fellow Jew bring about the Tikkun Olam, when Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform can agree on how to worship the same God based on your premises that the head is to lead the heart. If the opposite were true we might have a chance outside the realm of self righteousness. shalom aleichem, r.yochanan Reply

Mitchell Potok Scarborough, Ontario September 4, 2006

Your outlook on the situation is quite thought provoking. I am glad I read upon your thinking. Thanks Reply