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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

We will praise forever, higher and higher

In the story of the Simpleton and the Sophisticate (from the Rabbi Nachman's Stories of Ancient Times) the Simpleton is always complimenting and praising his work, this is somewhat similar to what is said about the Arizal, that he attained his greatness due to the great happiness and rejoicing he had over every novelty he conceived in the Tora, even the most simple. The importance and power of doing this, to constantly praise matters of holiness can be understood better by it's opposite, the delighting in empty desires. Rabbainu warned that a person should never actually verbalize his body desires. The ways of the promiscuous is to constantly praise the empty, often disgusting, focus of their lust, and thereby heighten their desire for it. So it is extremely important in matters of holiness, whether it be word of Tora, mitzvos - good deeds, good character traits, or faith, that we constantly praise and commend them.
Great blessings of Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman!



The villager said...

Bother, It's interesting you say the sophisticate was alwayse praising his work. I "postulate" that it was the simpleton that was alwayse praising his work.

The sophisticate needed other people's opignions to believe in his work.

The simpleton's work was the laughing stock of everyone. He even had a very hard time convincing his "poor" wife of the value of his work. But since he considered a glass of water to be delicious soup, she could put up with it. The simpleton was praising his own work all the time.

The sophisticate had as an objective to find a wife. His objective then became to prove that G-d does not exist. He was NOT successful or satisfied that he had reached his objectives in either case.

Anonymous said...

sehr gut muchas gracias

NaaNaach said...

Mordichai: thanks for the correction, it was a typo, B"H I corrected the post and it now reads: the Simpleton is always...

Great blessings of Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman!