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Unread 12-24-2001, 09:16 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Chassidic "Quotable Quotes"

"Banacht liegt men padjames, in derefri trinkt men juice, un m'vil nuch farshtein chassidus?" -- Reb Shmuel Livitin
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Unread 12-24-2001, 09:20 PM   #2
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Reb Zalman Zezmer

Reb Zalman Zezmer said:"der vos ken nit halten der machshova fertzen sho'oh nochanand, iz nit b'geder odom".

Heard from: R. Volf Greenglass sheyichye, the mashpia in Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch, in Montreal.
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Unread 12-24-2001, 09:21 PM   #3
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Reb Hillel Paritcher

Reb Hillel Paritcher said: "mir un der katz zainen b'shove b'erech tzu Reb Zalman Zezmer".

The Tzemach Tzedek said that he has 21/2 Chassidim, so he was asked who is the half? And he answered that the half is Reb Hillel Paritcher, because he is a half a Rebbe.

From all the above we only begin to get a glimpse of how great Reb Zalman Zezmer was, one of the Alter rebbe's greatest Chassidim.

By the way, does anyone know who the 2 Chassidim are? I think one of them was Reb Peretz Chein, the Rov in Chernigov.
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Unread 12-25-2001, 07:49 PM   #4
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This one's from Ofer Maidovnik: "Many people think that when they learn a sicha, 'HaRebbe midaber alay'- the Rebbe is speaking about me. But that's wrong! When you learn a sicha, the attitude must be 'haRebbe medaber AILAY'- the Rebbe is speaking TO me!"

He said that when you have that attitude, complacence disappears...
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Unread 12-25-2001, 07:50 PM   #5
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R' Avrohom Pariz was in his hometown of Bobruisk and was walking down the street when someone approached him and asked him to be the 10th in a minyan for mincha. When R' Avrohom entered the beis medrash he saw his friend, R' Aryeh Leib Sheinen sitting in tallis and tefillin and davening b'arichus. R' Avrohom saw that if they counted R' Aryeh Leib, they had a minyan without him.

When R' Avrohom asked why they didn't count his friend in the minyan, they said that the bachur was sitting there since the morning, and didn't see or hear what was going on around him, and so they thought he had lost his mind and couldn't be part of their minyan ...

That's when R' Avrohom understood: the difference between R' Aryeh and himself was that the baalei battim still thought he was sane. R' Avrohom would relate this incident and say that it motivated him to begin working on avoda more zealously.
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Unread 12-25-2001, 07:50 PM   #6
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could someone translate those quotes?
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Unread 12-26-2001, 05:07 AM   #7
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Translation of Hebrew (Yiddish) quotes

<<Banacht liegt men padjames, in derefri trinkt men juice, un m'vil nuch farshtein chassidus?>>

At night one puts on pajamas, in the morning he drinks juice, and [after that] he still wants to understand Chassidus?


<<der vos ken nit halten der machshova fertzen sho'oh nochanand, iz nit b'geder odom.>>

One who can not concentrate for 14 hours consecutively [on one thought], is not in the category of humanity.


<<mir un der katz zainen b'shove b'erech tzu Reb Zalman Zezmer>>

Myself and the cat are equal in comparison to Reb Zalmen Zezmer...


These quotes are Chassidic feelings with deep meaning generally requiring much thought to properly comprehend. In most cases these and others were expressed during a farbrengen or other chassidic gathering.

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Unread 01-15-2002, 08:18 PM   #8
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reb mendel futerfas would say when he was in russia: (i dont know the yiddish, if anyone does, feel free to post it)

"there is no yesterday and no tomorrow. all there is-is a little of today, so why worry?"
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Unread 01-16-2002, 02:17 AM   #9
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That sounds a lot like "He'ovar ayin vehe'osid adayin, veha'hoiveh keheref ayin - daago minayin?"

The past is nothing, the future has yet to be and the present is like the blink of an eye, so where does worry come in?

Check the liner notes of MBD's Double Album for where the quote is from, but it's definitely Talmudic.
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Unread 01-16-2002, 08:41 AM   #10
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"He'ovar ayin vehe'osid adayin, veha'hoiveh keheref ayin - daago minayin?"

>but it's definitely Talmudic.

Actually , it''s from a rishon. A poem that the Ibn Ezra wrote. I couldn't find it inside, because my yeshiva was missing that volume.
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Unread 01-16-2002, 03:54 PM   #11
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In Likutei Diburim, the Frierdiker Rebbe says that just like in the worldwide Jewish community, any particular Jewish community mirrors Man with head, heart, internal organs, external limbs and pipes for blood and air.

The rabbanim are its head

the shochtim are its heart (a shochet is not merely a man with a knife; he is a pillar of Torah and of yiras shomayim. He should be known not only through the slaughterhouse and butcher store, but also through his own Gemara learning and through the shiurim he gives)

the internal organs are the teachers and learned balebatim

the external limbs are the faithful members of the community

the pipes are the youth - some pipes supply blood, others - air. Those that supply air are the yeshiva students who give life to worldwide Jewry and serve as role models

the blood vessels are the worldly youth who don't get the proper Torah chinuch. This kind of "modern" schooling has killed off some of our youth, depriving them of their humanity and warping their characters, no tefilin, no Shabbos ...

Bodily health is measured by the blood vessels. The Jewish body is ailing and must be healed! When the head and heart and internal organs are healthy, the whole body will be healed.

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Unread 02-10-2002, 04:35 PM   #12
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One of my favorites is the last hayom yom of the year before Yud-Ts-kislev, a quote from the Alter Rebbe...
"ich vl ze gornisht! ich vil nisht dein gan Eden, ich vil nist dein olam haba, ich vill mer nisht vi dich alein"....
in english-I don;t desire anything! i don't want your gan eden, I don't want your Olam haba, i want nothing more than YOU-
(Or Ain Sof?)
i think this is Chabad Chassidus-our greatest goals are not rewards and accomplishents, even spiritual ones..
Our greatest goal is to cleave to Atzmus itself, the essence of Hashem
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Unread 02-23-2002, 11:05 PM   #13
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Dunno who said this, but it's important:

The gemara says in certain places,
"Rebbe loi shono, Chiyo minayin?" - If Rebbe didn't teach it, then how would R' Chiya [who was Rebbe's student] know it?

The Lubavitch interpretation is - "If you're not by the Rebbe for a year, where would we get the chayus from?!" Chayus over here goes both according to the explanation "vitality" and "lebedikeit"...
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Unread 02-28-2002, 08:59 PM   #14
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you're so right, Lub.
It's amazing what a few days in CH (if you come in with that intent), at the Ohel, 770, etc. can do for you.
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Unread 05-15-2002, 02:46 AM   #15
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Here's another golden line:

There's a possuk in Tehillim: "Ono eilech mruchecha, v'ono miponecho evrach? Im esak shomayim shom ato, v'atziyo shioil hineko!" Trans: "Where can I run from Your Spirit, and where can I escape Your Countenance? If I climb to the heavens, You are there; if I descend to the depths - here You are!"

Interpretation: If I climb to the heavens - if I make myself out to be great (egotistically), then "You are there" - Hashem is no closer to me than "there"!

Mah sheain kayn if I lower myself to the depths, I make myself humble and lowly, "HERE You are!" Then I have begun to get close to Hashem!

This idea goes hand in hand with Tanya Iggeres Hakoidesh #2, Katointi. I think I saw it in "Kulom B'Chochma".
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Unread 05-16-2002, 12:25 AM   #16
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A favorite quote of mine (from the Rebbe)
"Besser Lachen Vi Veinin"
Better to laugh than to cry
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Unread 05-16-2002, 01:19 PM   #17
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How about a Kotzker Vort: "Fun A Kashe iz noch keiner nisht geshtorben".
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Unread 08-11-2002, 04:26 PM   #18
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A favorite quote of mine (from the Rebbe)
"Besser Lachen Vi Veinin"
Better to laugh than to cry
Where is that from?
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Unread 08-11-2002, 04:30 PM   #19
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A qoute from the Tzemach Tzedek (Hayom Yom 10 Shvat)

Besser essen farin davenen vi fun Davenen farn Esen

Trans. It is better to eat to have strenth for Davvening then to Davven but thinking about breakfast the entire time
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Unread 08-11-2002, 11:49 PM   #20
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How about a Kotzker Vort: "Fun A Kashe iz noch keiner nisht geshtorben".
Yakov avinu lo meis - vhalo v'chu - and here comes the supposed above vort - but the gemoro answers someting else.no? so where does the vort come in?
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"Kvar Shomati" (I already heard, i.e. I know that already) is a Klipa.

Chassidus is perfect, Chassidim are not.
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Unread 09-12-2002, 02:55 PM   #22
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Dunno who said this, but it's important:

The gemara says in certain places,
"Rebbe loi shono, Chiyo minayin?" - If Rebbe didn't teach it, then how would R' Chiya [who was Rebbe's student] know it?

The Lubavitch interpretation is - "If you're not by the Rebbe for a year, where would we get the chayus from?!" Chayus over here goes both according to the explanation "vitality" and "lebedikeit"...
it not a lubavitcher vort but a poilishe one.
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<<<it not a lubavitcher vort but a poilishe one.>>>

Trahey, that is what has happened to Lubavitchers lately. Some will tell you it is the Rebbe's rotzon. That is why I was interested in verifying reb Mendel Futerfas' post-3 Tammuz stance. He seems to be in part responsible for the Poilish-ification of Chabad. The Rebbe made that the policy as far as mofsim stories go, as is known from that now-famous letter to the FR. It seems that many chassidim extended it to all other areas of Chabad Chassidish life as well. And BM magazine wants that as well. The story from BM magazine quotes Reb Mendel as using that line (Chiya minayin.)

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A man was sitting at a farbrengen and his hosts were worried that he might be bored because he didn't know a word of yiddish. After the farbrengen they asked him if he enjoyed it, if he understood anything. He said he understood everything because the Rebbe kept saying in Hebrew "vioid vhu haikar", more, (do more, add more) and that's the main thing.
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