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“One must speak and learn even while busy working in mundane affairs,” Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch demanded of his disciples.

“How is it possible to learn and think about lofty concepts while we are busy from head to toe in business?” a disciple once lamented to the Rebbe in a private audience.

“If it is possible to think about business while you are praying, it is also possible for you to think about lofty concepts while you are working!” was the Rebbe’s reply.

—From “Sipurei Chassidim, Festivals,” story 357

“Where your thoughts are, you are – in your entirety.”
—Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov

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The life and teachings of Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, the fourth Chabad Rebbe, known as the Rebbe Maharash
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