Daily Chabad ~ Be Real

light thru treesWhat is your job in this world?  It is to be real.

Act real, mean what you say, think and really be thinking, talk to your Creator and let the words flow from your heart.  Every cell of your body down to your fingernails should be real.

Yes, everyone knows there are so many things to accomplish in life and everyone agrees it’s better if they’re done with sincerity.

That’s not what’s meant.  There’s just one thing you’re here to accomplish:  To be real.

Hayom Yom, 20 Adar I.
Tishrei 29, 5775
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson
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DAILY CHABAD … The Quantum Leap

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There are times when moving forward step by step is not enough.

There are times when you can’t just change what you do, how you speak and how you think about things.

Sometimes, you have to change who you are. You need to pick both feet off the ground and leap.

Sometimes, you need to change at your very core of being.

Tishrei 28, 5775 · October 22, 2014
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson
Public Letter for Passover, Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5736.

DAILY CHABAD ~ Beyond Sincerity

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Sincerity is not enough. You have to do the right thing.

Why is it this way? Why can’t we be judged by our intentions alone?

So that we will know that we are small, and truth is very large. It is truth that stands at the center, and we that orbit about it.

Tanya, chapter 38.
Tishrei 27, 5775 · October 21, 2014
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

DAILY CHABAD ~ Inside Workers

see with your heartWhen you look at a human being, you see his hands working, his feet walking, his mouth talking. You don’t see his heart, his brain, his lungs and kidneys. They work quietly, inside. But they are the essential organs of life.

The world, too, has hands and feet—those who are making the news, moving things around, shaking things up.

The heart, the inner organs, they are those who work quietly from the inside, those unnoticed, those who do a simple act of kindness with no thought of reward.

Torat Menachem 5751 vol. 1, pg. 212; Ibid vol. 2, pg. 239.
Tishrei 26, 5775 · October 20, 2014
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

Daily Chabad … Happy Birthday, Universe!

blue lady conjuringEvery year, our sages taught, with the cry of the shofar, the entire universe is reborn.

And so, at that time, with our resolutions and our prayers, we hold an awesome power: To determine what sort of child this newborn year shall be—how it will take its first breaths, how it will struggle to its feet and how it will carry us through life for the twelve months to come.

In truth, it is not only once a year: At every new moon, in a smaller way, all life is renewed again.

And so too, every morning, we are all reborn from a nighttime taste of death.

And at every moment—in the smallest increment of time—every particle of the universe is projected into being out of absolute nothingness, as it was at the very beginning.

Which is why there is always hope. Because at every moment, life is born anew. And we are the masters of how this moment will be born.

Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

 

Daily Chabad ~ Vertical Orientations

Nachi Falls, Nachikatsuura, Japan
Nachi Falls, Nachikatsuura, Japan

Any true wisdom, as ethereal as it may be, sits above your head as a massive reservoir of living waters. Provide it only a small opening, and it will burst into your reality and pour down into your life.

Whatever wisdom you learn, whatever you know, do something with it. Make it real.

That is the purpose of meditation and prayer—to be that bridge from wisdom to action.


Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson
Sefer HaSichot 5704, p. 122; Igrot Kodesh, vol. 4, p. 269.

 

DAILY CHABAD ~ Knowing That Which You Know

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A creature born without parents can never know what it means to cry for his father and mother.

A being with no sense of the transcendent can never know what is G‑d and what is divine.

The words, the explanations, we hear them through our minds, but they speak to our souls.

For the soul already knows.


Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

 

Daily Chabad ~ “Soul-Body Bonding,” based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

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The human mind despises the body that houses it,
but the soul has only love.

The mind would soar to the heavens,
but for a body that chains it to the earth.
The mind would be consumed in divine oneness,
but for the body’s delusion of otherness,
as though it had made itself.

But the soul sees only G‑d.

In that very delusion of otherness,
in that madness of the human ego,
even there, the soul sees only G‑d.

For she says, “This, too, is truth.
This is a reflection of the Essence of all things,
of that which truly has neither beginning nor cause.”

And so she embraces the bonds of the body,
works with the body, transforms the body.
Until the body, too, sees only G‑d.

Basi LeGani 5712

Daily Chabad ~ The Path of the Humble

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If we were truly humble, we would not be forever searching higher paths on the mountaintops. We would look in the simple places, in the practical things that need to be done.

True, all these places lie in a world of falsehood. With only a little more light, we would all realize that none of this is really necessary.

But the soul that knows its place knows that the great and lofty G‑d can most be found in the simple act of lending a hand or a comforting word in a world of falsehood and delusions.


Elul 3, 5774 · August 29, 2014
Based on letters and talks of The Rebbe,
Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

Reshimat Nefesh Hashefeilah, cited and elucidated in
Likutei Sichot, vol. 16, p. 41ff.

 

Daily Chabad ~ On Friction …

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Our souls are the finishing tools for His handiwork.

They are the plows He applies to the harsh earth so it will absorb the rains from heaven, the sandpaper to grind away the coarse surfaces of life, the polishing-cloth so that it will glimmer in the light from above.

That friction that wears us down, those sparks that fly—it is the resistance to this refining process.

And if you should ask, how could it be that G‑d’s own creation should present resistance to His infinitely powerful breath?

In truth, it cannot. But He condenses that breath into a soul, He tightly focuses her power, until the harshness of this world can seem real to her, and then she will struggle, and in that struggle she will make the world shine.

 

Daily Chabad ~ The Giving Relationship

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In a home, in a relationship, in any situation where people work together, each side has to give.
What you give is not so important.
How you give is.
You have to want to give.

 

 

Menachem Av 18, 5774 · August 14, 2014
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson
From a letter, 1972 (5732) , printed in Ohr Habayit, pg. 37. See also Hitkashrut, 70.