All the classic ethics books like Rabbenu Yona's "Gate of Repentance" teach us how terrible mockery is, for mockery, heresy and arrogance always go together. This lesson is for the whole family - enjoy it!
Rebbe Nachman says that any fool can destroy, but it takes a wise man to build. Mocking and making fun of another human being is no sign of cleverness, as we learn today, with a moving story from the Gemara:
People have the tendency of ridiculing others who don't look or act like they do, without realizing that anyone who makes fun of another human being is the one who deserve to be ridiculed, as we'll learn in today's lesson. Enjoy, and Happy Chanukah!
Today's Garden of Wisdom lesson focuses on the main contrast between the sorely-limited Simple One and the highly talented Clever One; how did the Simple One attain perfect inner peace while the Clever One suffered from constant inner turmoil? Let's see:
Rav Shalom Arush compares a person's mission in life to a railroad track; a person who is doing the right thing is on the right track. But when he doesn't, he "jumps track" and that could be dangerous. Here's how to find your right track:
Shavua Tov! People envision strength as 22" biceps. Rebbe Nachman teaches that true inner strength is something totally different, when a person has the conviction to believe in what's right, as we see in today's lesson: