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September 25, 2007

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Mordechai

Great article.

Thanks !

P.S. Since I wrote the version posted above, I have accumulated some additional material related to the subject. Maybe I will jot some of it down and post it later.

avakesh

I am glad that proper credit can now be applied. I did list the source but it unfortunately did not contain the author's name. I am glad that between my posting and your response, we can bring geula to the world.

Mordechai

Here is one addition to the essay.

Some time ago I heard Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hirsch Weinreb of the O-U state that R. Nachman's statement was given in the following context -

We are taught that 'mishenichnas Adar marbin besimcha', as well as 'mishenichnas Av mamatin besimcha'. R. Nachman observed that both of those directives just tell one when to increase simcha and when to decrease it - but it is taken as a given that it always exists at some level.

On that basis he proceeded to state 'mitzvoh gedola lihiyos besimcha tomid'.

While the context is illuminating and makes the statement seem less extreme, the concerns about it raised in the essay above are still valid, IMHO.

kush tif

Your not only ignorant, but also sadly proud of it.
But, as I respond to those who claim we come from monkeys, that if you want to be from a monkey, be my guest.
If you want to be depressed, be my guest. :)

As for a source, (unimpeachable btw) the Baal Shem Tov taught that the verse of 'ivdu es Hashem b'simcha' really teaches us that How does one Serve G-d? With Joy. That's the chassidic insight into the verse from Tehillim.
Just because you didn't zetz it correctly, doesn't mean the source isn't valid.

Isaacson

Unfortunately, this, like other teachings of Rebbi Nachman, is being quoted in error (he also never said "the whole world is a very narrow bridge...", but he did say "sometimes a man must cross a very narrow bridge"). the full text can be found here - http://www.breslov.com/international/likutei_mohoron/lt08.html (likutey moharan tinyana 34). Essentially he is speaking about the importance of being able to gain a perspective that incorporates the shoresh of simchadik event. I think the most telling omission is the lack of the word "tamid-constantly"

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