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Monday, August 22, 2011

Stories


I have some stories to share with you. I'm just going to share them, not explain them or comment on them. (Of course, as always, your comments are most welcome!)

Let this be the week of telling stories.
Here's the first one:

When the great Rabbi Israel Baal Shem-Tov saw misfortune threatening the Jews it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to meditate. There he would light a fire, say a special prayer, and the miracle would be accomplished and the misfortune would be averted.

Later, when his disciple, the celebrated Magid of Mezritch, had occasion, for the same reason, to intercede with heaven, he would go to the same place in the forest and say: "Master of the Universe, listen! I do not know how to light the fire, but I am still able to say the prayer." And again the miracle would be accomplished.


Still later, Rabbi Moshe-Leib of Sassov, in order to save his people once more, would go into the forest and say: "I do not know how to light the fire, I do not know the prayer, but I do know the place and this must be sufficient." It was sufficient and the miracle was accomplished.


Then it fell to Rabbi Israel of Rizhin to overcome misfortune. Sitting in his armchair, his head in his hands, he spoke to God: "I am unable to light the fire and I do not know the prayer; I cannot even find the place in the forest. All I can do is to tell the story, and this must be sufficient." And it was sufficient.


Posted by Marion

2 comments:

  1. Lovely. And Sufficient.

    Carman

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  2. Good one Marion:

    God is with us everywhere and in everything we do. If we ask - we shall receive. It is not in the manner it is in the "Faith" in action that we achieve.

    God bless

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