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September 25, 2007



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.


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.


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.


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"


It is clearly written in Sefer Devarim parshas Ki Sova chapter 28 verse 47: “Tachas asher lo ovadita es Hashem elokecha b’simcha uvtov levov morov kol”- because you did not serve G-d, your G-d, with joy and with gladness of heart, when (you had an) abundance of everything. It was for this reason that the Yidden were being condemned and punished. Not everything is about the letter of the law- it goes beyond the law. Judaism is about sensitivities we want to do whatever Hashem wants of us- not just what is written in black and white. The tziddokim followed only what was the written law and they were totally not observing the Torah properly. You are writing this article as if you are serving Hashem like a slave; someone who does what he must do yet you are looking for loopholes to get out of it. We were created for the purpose of serving Hashem and bringing His holiness down to this mundane world. Our duty is to serve Hashem in a manner that will give Him nachas. Do you think not being happy will give Him nachas? Obviously not! So by not being happy you are totally defeating the purpose of your entire existence! Our duty is to serve Hashem every second of the day. When you serve Hashem, not out of happiness you are being oiver on a constant lo sase “ tachas asher lo avaditem….” Being oiver on a negative commandment is just as bad as being oiver on a positive commandment!

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