Monday, March 24, 2008

With Your Friends

Talk over spiritual matters with your friends. Each Jew has his own unique good point. Thus when two friends have a discussion, each can benefit from the other's good point. Sometimes your friend's good point may shine to you during a conversation that is outwardly about mundane topics – because at times even mundane conversations may give rise to new ideas and inspire you spiritually. At times a person's good point may be veiled – and the words of the conversation become a kind of clothing for it.

By discussing spiritual matters regularly with your friends you will all be able to benefit from each other's good points. This will enable you to break the “foreskin of the heart” – the lusts and desires that break a person's heart – so that you are filled with holy desire for Hashem.

(Rebbe Nachman of Breslov)