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On the other side of ecstasy lies a painful emptiness.
On the other side of bitterness lies joy.
Where one goes, the other must follow.

In the ecstasy of understanding lies the gnawing pain of a new frontier of ignorance.

In the agony of yearning lies the ecstasy of love.

In the ecstasy of prayer lies the agony of smallness and distance before the infinite light.

There is no sweet song that is not equally bitter, save that which is shallow and meaningless.

He formed His world from delight, and so must share in its bitterness.
Until the time when the bitter will be sweet, when darkness will shine.

Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch.

By Tzvi Freeman
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Ruan Capetown, South Africa December 5, 2016

Thank you Rabbi for all of this, the last few weeks every day they have been leading me back, these mean so much to me. may you be blessed. Shavua tov Reply

MALKA NY October 6, 2014

DUETS--- A REFLECTION Just beautiful and to the point! No pleasure without pain. Impossible to truly appreciate one without the other i.e. good and evil. The last duet truly resonates for me!
Thank you. Reply

zak San Diego October 6, 2014

The signal is given For each day you awaken and the covers for your eyes are opened to reveal His glory. From within the beginning of the new frontier is opened for your actions. As frontlets between the eyes are the journey of the light into the center of the vessel of man. That all see the light of the heart which animates kindness to all. Reply

Anonymous Montreal October 6, 2014

Pain Once we truly understand how to use faith and trust and feel the role that G-D plays in each moment in the history of our lives that we will know that pain is inevitable but suffering (the illusions brought about by the satan/our less than) is optional. Reply

Anonymous Melb, VIC February 28, 2012

darkness will shine. How will darkness ever shine. You mean people will appreciate the holiness in darkness as well?
Thanks, Reply

ROBERT HOUSE New York, New York February 28, 2012


Good and evil go together
for good is measured as distance from evil
and evil is measured from good.

The strongest love brings rage to kill.

inside us all
inside our soul
inside exists
a deep black hole

the deep black hole
inside my soul

the me which is inside of me
the place which only I must face
the place that has no time or space
where up and down and high and low
and love and hate
all integrate

inside the hole
inside my soul

blueprint of my craziness
thoughts which lurk below

inside the hole
inside my soul

the deep black hole
inside my soul


valerie akron, oh February 28, 2012

duets seemingly it's about balance? i.e., when something horrific occurs, much goodness springs forth, with love and kindness and support. if we could only diminish the horrific! - but it has been a human condition (since the beginning of time) until... Reply