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That “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” is a fact already noted by the Talmud some 1,500 years ago. But what’s so great about being rich, anyway?
An essential teaching of the Baal Shem Tov: Be simple, be earnest, and spread that earnest simplicity throughout everything you do. Simplicity is a receptacle for G‑d’s simple Oneness.
Many stories and scores of Chasidic traditions which came down to us from generation to generation about the saintly Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the first exponent of general Chasidus; about his disciple, the Maggid (Preacher) of Mezeritch; and about my s...
It would be extremely beneficial if the spiritual leaders were to devote special articles in books and periodicals, to teach those who desire to return to the right path, which, as stated, lies in the fulfillment of the practical precepts, observing and p...
Sometimes -- explained Rabbi Sholom DovBer -- like when a person is required to enter a tub of scalding water, the head will hesitate. It is the heels who plunge in and lead the way
"What can I do?" replied the innkeeper. "This is my livelihood. There is nothing for me to do in the city." "How many Jewish households are there in the city?" I asked
Ours is definitely a give-and-take relationship: I give her everything I've got, and she takes. Yet precisely because she doesn't give anything in return is the connection so strong
Be wholesome ('tamim') with G-d (18:13) To be 'tamim' with G-d means: Walk with Him with simplicity and without guile. Do not seek to manipulate the future; rather, accept whatever He brings upon you wholeheartedly. Then, He will be with you and you will ...
- "I know my son, I know. Also he shall become a nation, also he shall be great; but his younger brother shall be greater than he…" (48:19) The wholesome simplicity of a simple Jew touches upon the utterly simple essence of G-d. Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov...
One day, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov arrived in Tarnow. This was before the chassidic master had revealed himself to the world, and he appeared as a simple itinerant, but with a gift for telling stories . . .
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