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What’s Greater Than Wisdom?

“Each person must cast aside all of his sophisticated ideas and serve God in simplicity and innocence. For a person’s deeds should be greater than his wisdom.” —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

To some, this is one of the most startling teachings in the Breslov panoply. Simplicity and innocence are not glamorous. And they don’t hold much appeal for a certain kind of brilliant person, the kind whose mind is a natural playground for intellectual hijinks.  Continue reading What’s Greater Than Wisdom?

Heart Two: The Doctor’s Pulse

heart-love-romance-valentineA renowned doctor, an award winning professor of medicine, was in residence for a few months at the castle. There he examined and treated the countess and other members of the noble family.

One day at tea, the countess said, “We have a local Jewish healer right here in Mezhibuzh, a righteous man whose medical expertise is indisputable.”

The doctor hid his sneer behind his handkerchief. “Oh, I’d love to meet him.” So, the countess sent for the Baal Shem Tov right away. Continue reading Heart Two: The Doctor’s Pulse

Have You Ever Really Had Time To Think?

spring-in-italy-1890The days pass and are gone, and one finds that he never once had time to really think. 

You must therefore make sure to set aside a specific time each day to calmly review your life. Consider what you are doing and ponder whether it is worthy that you devote your life to it.

One who does not meditate cannot have wisdom. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

 

Quote from Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom, BRI

Photo-Spring in Italy by Isaac Levitan