Monday, May 4, 2009

Rainy Days

You know what rain does to the iPod Touch? Not good things. Here's a pre-made maamar instead, originally published on November 12, 2007, entitled Here's your religion. Enjoy.

All righty then, here's your daily religious dose. It's from a Maamar that was said by the Rebbe Rashab in 1898. Basically, the Yetzer Hora is not essentially bad. The reason we know this is because before the first sin (the one with the tree) man was created with two drives, one towards Chessed, kindness, and one towards Gevurah, strictness. Neither of these is necessarily bad. What happened with the sin was that Adam used too much Gevurah when he prohibited his wife Chavah from even touching the tree, therefore causing Gevurah to fall down much farther than Chessed. So the drive towards Gevurah became the drive towards sin. But even this is not a constant; after all, it is possible that a surfeit of love can cause bad. We can see this from the case of a child who cries for a knife. A person who gives it is doing it out of love, after all, the child is crying for it! Nevertheless, obviously it's a bad thing. So we can see that Gevurah is not necessarily bad, nor Chessed necessarily good. Just that normally from Gevurah comes bad. When Moshiach comes the truth will be revealed, that Gevurah is really good. Because remember, strictness is not bad.

Anyway, for a little humor, there was once a haberdasher who had a minister walk into his business. The clothes-seller was so honored that a minister should come to his store that he gave the guy a free suit. A week later the minister sent a bible as a thank you. A month later a priest came in, and the same thing, except that the priest sent a beautiful gold cross. A month later a Rabbi walks in, and the same thing happens. And the gift? A week after the Rabbi gets his suit, another Rabbi walks in.

OK, so it's cute. Deal with it.

17 comments:

Sebastion said...

Ive heard that same joke except it was a barber and free haircuts.

The Real Shliach said...

Whatever it is, that's what it is.

Sebastion said...

and perhaps if you had also given me a ipod touch as well, yours wouldn't have gotten wet. so there

The Real Shliach said...

When did you ask for one, and why would I give you it?

sarabonne said...

Free suits-exciting. Think they've got dresses?

Mottel said...

Heard the same joke but with a dentist, and a five rabbis coming in return not one. My chavrusa used to say it all the time in Litchfield - Mazurosky at the CT Voice liked it.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

I heard it with six rabbis.

le7 said...

Yeah I'd like a free dress... especially if it's one of those expensive CH one's I'd never buy. Otherwise I'll stick to TJMaxx.

Sebastion said...

Don't you remember offering free stuff to everyone?

sarabonne said...

You must have been dreaming...

The Real Shliach said...

Sara: I think it was a men's haberdashery.

Mottel+Modeh: sure.

le7: nordstrom rack in the MOA is pretty good.

Sebastion: no.

Sara: most probably.

C said...

Just to turn this toward a discussion on another direction... CH stores suck. In fact, most full-priced stores suck.

I'm with le7... TJMaxx all the way, and Filene's Basement. Burligton Coat Factory has great shoes... it's their fault (as well as Marshall's) that I have 50 pairs of shoes.

le7 said...

Yeah it's not MY fault I have 35 pairs of shoes.

fakewood inc. said...

i have 2 pairs of shoe but i only were one of them.

C said...

le7... now that's what I'm talking about ;)

fakewood... you are missing out...

sarabonne said...

I've lost count years ago...

The Real Shliach said...

C: you're like the drug addict blaming the dealer for enabling him to have a habit. Until when won't you take responsibility for your actions?

le7: ditto.

Fakewood: welcome back!

Sara: shocking.