Rabbi Nachman Says… New book by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

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“This book, in recording Rebbe Shlomo zatzal’s teachings for posterity, shows how his every utterance was a holy niggun. We owe a deep note of gratitude to Zivi Ritchie for his wonderful work.” — Rabbi Lazer Brody – – – – –

Finally the book we have been waiting for! In this book you will learn how to find true happiness, meaning in life, and soul fulfillment. In this book Rebbe Nachmans deep teachings are explained by Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach in such a simple way that everyone can understand them.

Quotes from inside the book:

“Our holy master Rebbe Nachman says: The greatest gift we can give someone is to give him back his self confidence.

When someone talks, he’s using worldly tools. Singing, however, comes from the world which is beyond Creation. When someone is singing, you close your eyes, because singing is so heavenly.

Sweetest friends, believe me… people who don’t believe in G-d don’t have joy. They have fun. But joy? No.

Rebbe Nachman says, “Never give up.”

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Finally, the new book came out! Rebbe Na

Finally, the new book came out!

Rebbe Nachman Says… – The Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov As Taught by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach z”tl


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The blessing of children

The Blessing of Children

  • I want you to know, we have no problem kissing children, but, the older we get, the harder it is to kiss a person because, you know, when we kiss our children’s little heads, we are kissing the Shechina [Divine Presence]. This is so beautiful. The older we get, the further away we are from the Shechina, Gd forbid, and so the harder it is to kiss a person. So I want to bless all the children, and all the future children, and grandchildren, and everyone, that your whole life, people should want to kiss you day and night. Because when they kiss you, you know, it’s not so simple….

  • Loving comes from heaven. A baby doesn’t know biology, but it really knows who its father and mother is. And, gevalt, does it love its parents. Sadly enough, when we grow up, we love our parents because they are our producers. Only during great moments of our lives, when we are so close to our parents, do we love them like when we were born.
  • You know, my beautiful friends, you know what our young people need the most? They need somebody to believe in them.

We need new schools. Not where the teacher knows how to teach, but where the teacher believes in the student.

If you treat your children simply like humans, they might turn out subhuman. If we want our children to be human, we need to treat them like angels.

I want you to know something very deep. Parents who tell their child, “I could do without you,” when the child grows up, he thinks that Gd also could do without him, or the world could do without him. How can you be a Jew unless it’s clear to you that Gd can’t do without you?

  • Our children are leaving us because they are so hungry. Our children are tired of hearing, ‘This one killed us. This one wants to kill us, and the other one is going to kill us.”

Do you know what the worst thing today in the world is? People are so much into being two separate people, that parents always tell children, “Give me my space.” It’s cute, but not always, not always. Children, nebuch, grow up knowing; ‘My parents have their own space. I’m a stranger. There is a certain part inside of my parents where I don’t belong.’ I want to bless you that there should not be one billionth inch left where you don’t give each other permission to be. I bless you, that you shouldn’t need to knock on each other’s doors, because when you knock on the door, it’s so nerve-racking; who knows if the other one will answer? Our holy Forefather Avraham had no doors. Because he knew that when you knock, you’re already nervous, “Maybe they won’t answer the door.” He knew that you might walk away without even trying to knock.

  • Do you know how many miracles happened to your parents until they had you? Millions of miracles. I’m sure that if we would begin to count the miracles, it would take a lifetime. All these miracles walk with you when you walk to your wedding ceremony, but, above all, this is the first time you are walking with your children. Do you know what it means to walk with your children? Ah… Can you imagine Rothschild having ten million dollars in his hands while he is walking? Do you think that lets him know  what joy is? Do you think that lets him know what pride is? He doesn’t know anything. Have you ever watched a mother walking with her children? That’s something else.
  • You know what’s wrong with the world? People have no center. The woman without a husband has no center. And the man without a woman has no center. So under the chuppa [wedding canopy] the holy chosson [groom] is standing in the middle and the kallah [bride] gives him the strength to be the center, and he gives the bride the strength to be the center. And the truth is, you know what our real center is? Our children. Our children are the center.
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Reb Shlomo Purim Stories

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M’shloach Manot


Reb Shlomo zt”l taught:

The Ishbitzer Rebbe zt”l, points out that on Purim, among the four mitzvot of Purim, we have two unusual mitzvot . These are the mitzvot of “mishlo’ach manot”, sending a gift of two foods to a friend and “matanot lo’ev’yonim”, gifts [ofmoney] to at least two poor people. The rule is “kol ha’posheit yad notnim lo”,everyone who stretches out his hand (for a gift of charity on Purim), you are to give him (i.e. without verifying if they are really needy or worthy of support).

We do not have any similar mitzvot on any of the other holidays. To be sure we always have to give gifts to the poor, but this is not a mitzvah which is specific to any holiday. But it is specifically commanded that we do so on Purim. And surely we have no mitzvah that is comparable to “mishlo’ach manot” at any other time.

These two mitzvot are essentially active fulfillments of the mitzvah: “v’ahavtah l’rei’acha kamocha”. And so the Ishbitzer Rebbe asks, why did the Rabbis [at the request of Mordechai and Ester] instruct us to specifically fulfill these two mitzvot on Purim?

The Ishbitzer explains that the “People of the Great Assembly” realized thatHaman’s evil decree came about because we were afflicted with the illness of”tzarut ayin”, a narrow eye. This is the [spiritual] illness of looking at others with a narrow eye i.e. begrudgingly, it bothers you that someone else has something, be it material or spiritual. You want to be the only rich person, or you simply want to have more than the other.

To bring about the annulment of Haman’s evil decree, the Rabbis of the Great Assembly instituted these two mitzvot, these two acts of loving kindness: “mishlo’ach manot” and “matanot l’ev’yonim”. To fulfill “matanot l’ev’yonim” we have to give gifts to at least two poor people. To fulfill “mishlo’ach manot” we have to give at least two different readily edible foods to at least one friend.

Why two different foods? So that you should give with both hands! Now Reb Shlomo zt”l further explained that Mordechai and Ester, through their “ruach hakodesh” [spirit of holiness; an ability to perceive almost prophetically] perceived that the second Beit Hamikdash which was soon to be rebuilt, would eventually be destroyed because of “sinat chinam”, baseless hatred. That is why they asked that these two mitzvot should be instituted for all further generations, to let us know that we must be very careful to fulfill these practices of “ahavat Yisrael”, for they are the foundation o

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Being real on purim by Reb Shlomo Carlebach ZT”L


According to sefer Yetzirah, the letter for the month of Adar is “kof”. Amaleik, the arc-enemy of the Jewish people, attacks both on the physical and spiritual levels. Haman, as is well known, was a descendant of Amaleik. What is Amaleik saying? He says that all our praying and our service of Hashem is worthless, because we’re not for real. All we are doing is merely mimicking and imitating our ancestors. Maybe they were holy, but we are not, we are a “kof” which means a monkey…. we are merely monkeys. Bring a monkey into the room and the monkey will imitate us. So too, claims Amaleik, we are nothing more than monkeys. Seems like Amaleik has a good point. And what is the answer to Amaleik?

Reb Shlomo said: The answer to Amaleik is “ad d’lo yadah”… it’s beyond ‘knowing’. My yiddishkeit is deeper than my conscious self. On Purim we have the mitzvah: “one must get so drunk on Purim… to the point of not knowing the difference between cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordechai”. Amaleik is saying: you’re just a fake or you’re only mimicking. Then invite him to your Purim Feast. When you are drunk you can’t mimic anyone else. “You Amaleik, think that i’m a fake, and often you even have me convinced of the same…. but wait! We have a holiday… it’s called Purim… and on this holiday we realize how real and how holy we really are. Come and see how real we Yidden are, come and see us on Purim.”


New York, Purim 5753 Reprinted from Cong Kehilath Jacob News

Rabbeinu speaking:

When you drink wine you forget everything. The world drinks wine to forget the good and remember the bad. When we got drunk on Purim, we forget the bad. We even forget how bad Haman is. We only remember the good in the world… and in heaven they do the same. On Yom Kippur I am asking forgiveness for all the bad things I did. But on Purim, I don’t have to ask forgiveness because Heaven only remembers the good.

An unholy drunkard sees one and thinks it’s a hundred. He sees a hundred and thinks it’s a million. On Purim, I see a million and I say I see only one … I see the whole world but I say to the Master of the World, “I’m sorry, I see only One.”

On Yom Kippur, we don’t give gifts to each other because we are separate from each other. On Purim we can’t stop giving gifts because we are one.

Hopefully, one day there will be peace in the world but every year it begins on Purim.

Have a wonderful Shabbos,

b’ahavah ubivracha sholom

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Purim Torah

Reb Shlomo zt”l taught as follows. Why is it that we aren’t overly aroused or ecstatic over all that Hashem does for us? Why is it that only when we are completely broken that we truly begin to appreciate all that Hashem does for us?

It is because we like to think of ourselves as self-sufficient and independent. Though, if we were asked to tell the truth – do we really believe that we are independent, do we really not recognize that all that we have is a gift from Hashem? – We would readily admit the truth. Yet we seldom live this truth, basically because we are a yesh – we think and act as if we are independent beings.

Reb Shlomo says that the more something is evil, the more subtle and refined its appearance. The more we absolutely need something, the more Amalek tries to convince us that we can live without it. The Torah and its mitzvot are “our life and length of days.” But Amalek says, “you can live without it.” Shabbos is essential to our Jewish life. But Amalek says, “you can live without it.” Hashem is our very existence, our source of life, and we all know this and we all would admit to this, yet Amalek says “you don’t really need to connect yourself to Hashem, Hollywood and the media will manage to keep you entertained just fine.”

Amalek says, “you don’t really need to be connected to all your fellow Jews, or to all your friends; you don’t need to feel the pain of another, just take care of yourself.” “Folks – that’s Amalek!”

Purim is the most awesome holy-day divine gift from G-d. Purim is fasting and crying out to Hashem – “Hashem, how could I be so unconscious of You, Hashem I want every fiber of my being to aware of You, that there is only You and nothing else; Hashem, I don’t want to be comatose anymore!” Purim is reading the Megillah – hearing Hashem’s story and telling Hashem our stories. Purim is mishloach manot – sending gifts of food to our friends saying “I mammash can’t live without you.” Purim is matanot l’evyonim, “Gevalt, how I wish that my heart would be open and sensitive to the poor, instead of begrudgingly giving them a few pennies, instead of looking down on them. How I wish I would have the heart and the courage to restore their self-confidence.” Purim is seudat Purim – the feast of Purim, eating together and getting drunk enough to be drunk on “Purim” – on the great miracle of this awesome holy day, not to ‘know’ the difference between ‘cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordechai’. To know that there is only one truth, there is only One, and that we are never forsaken.

Reb Shlomo said that on Yom Kippur I’m saying to G-d “I’m sorry for all the things I did wrong, I’m sorry over all my transgressions.” But I’m only apologizing because it is forbidden to do what I did. We apologize to our friends “I’m sorry I insulted you – I learned that it is forbidden and I am sorry.” But if it wasn’t forbidden I’d probably do it again, right?

Purim is beyond that. We don’t apologize on Purim. On Purim we realize “Hashem, I can’t live without you; I can’t live without Your Torah, I can’t live without Shabbos. I can’t live without my friends. Hashem, I want to be close to You – I would like to tell You my story.” L’CHAIM! L’CHAIM TOVIM UL’SHALOM!, GOOD PURIM! GOOD PURIM!, b’ahavah ubivracha sholom

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