Reb Shlomo Z”L

shlomoToday is the anniversary of the passing of the Holy Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, of blessed memory.

Here is a teaching from rebshlomo.org:

This is a little anthology of Reb Nachman’s teachings about joy. What is the difference between sadness and joy? Joy really fills
you; whatever you have is fuller, and sadness empties you out. “I don’t have this, I don’t have that,” so even what you have you don’t have. People walk around sad because they don’t know what to do with their future. You have this minute right now. What are you doing with it? The difference between sadness and joy is very simple.
Sadness always tells you, “Oy Vey! What are you going to do in ten minutes? What will you do ten years from now?” If you are really filled with joy for one minute, then you will know what to do the next minute also.

What is G-d giving you? He is giving you this minute. He hasn’t given tomorrow, He promised He will give tomorrow. Of course I don’t know what to do tomorrow, because I didn’t receive it yet. Sadness is very much concerned with what I don’t have, and I really don’t have tomorrow yet.

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