Chassidim spread the Torah’s teachings through story-telling, a universal language. A concise statement packs a wealth of meaning into a few, frugal words. A memorable quotation jump-starts the brain. It may capture the essence of a whole Torah lesson. A short story or one-liner can, when internalized, warm the body and the neshama, soul.
Short Stories, Insights & Sayings Containing Life-Long Lessons
These stories and quotations were collected and heard from the Rebbe [Menachem Mendel Schneerson], teachers, parents, family and friends. They were compiled by Pesach and Chana Burston in their book ''Chicken Soup to Warm the Neshama''.
The stories presented here stem from Chassidic teachings, true-life experiences, and fiction. The common denominator is the everlasting lessons they contain.
Someone once showed the Rebbe a book written by a German philosopher, in which the author explained that he reached the conclusion that every Jew has two souls.
The Rebbe commented, “Once Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the first Lubavitcher Rebbe. revealed this in the Tanya, it has been revealed to the world, including this author.” (Kfar Chabad Magazine #917)
The quotations following a story often complement the story’s theme. Sometimes, however, they may offer a different insight.
These stories and insights contain broad implications. Sometimes morals are offered; others are left for the reader to draw his own conclusions.
Please don’t understand this compilation as absolute truth; rather, consider it as a handy starting point. It is only a means to an end.