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Painting: Watercolor on Paper.
When the Berdichev Rabbi was asked which way was the right one - the way of sorrow or the way of joy - he answered:
- There are two kinds of grief and two kinds of joy. If a person becomes isolated in the shell of the misfortunes that have happened to him and hope leaves him, this is the worst kind of sorrow, about which it is said: "The Divine Presence does not dwell in the place of despondency." Another type of grief is the noble grief of a person who understands what he has lost.
Similarly, with true joy. He who neglects his inner essence and among empty pleasures does not feel it and does not try to return what he has lost — such a person is a fool. But a truly joyful person is like a man whose house has burned down, but he, feeling a deep inner need, is building a new house. With every stone that he puts in the walls of a new house, his joy increases.
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