126 MEDITATION / ACTION Once the Baal Shem Tov took his disciples to a far-flung town – in this town lived a skinner (of carcasses) who was very devout and would constantly say Tehilim – and there also lived a sacred hermit, who would study Torah non-stop, and removed himself from all worldly affairs. The Baal Shem Tov took his student to the home of the skinner and asked his students to place their hands on one another’s shoulders and then he closed the circle and they were astounded to see the heaven in store for him – then they went to the house of the hermit who had amazing mental abilities and would be able to teach anyone anything, in fact, he would often say “this I heard from Elijah the prophet” and once again they formed a closed loop and they saw snakes and scorpions (the result of his arrogance.)   Explained the Baal Shem Tov, though it says, if one fasts for thirty days they will merit to see Elijah, nonetheless they will not merit to see their own soul.   127 MEDITATION / ACTION   Abraham was generous with his money, his body and his soul.   With his money – for he would feed all visitors.   With his body – for he would personally serve.   With his soul – for as it states in Sefer Yetzirah, that Abraham was an extraordinary genius in researching Divine wisdom, and certainly every moment of time was extraordinarily precious to him; nonetheless he was generous to set this aside to teach people whom were completely not on his level, for the greatness of kindness is to set oneself aside.   128 MEDITATION / ACTION   In the city of the Baal Shem Tov – Mezhibush – there Read more…

MEDITATION / ACTION   The Baal Shem Tov said that when a friend blesses another, this is received by God far more impressively, then even the great advocate of the Jews in heaven, the angel Michoel. MEDITATION / ACTION   It is known, the Baal Shem Tov’s teaching that when we judge another, we are judged.   Hence when something bad happens to another and instead of feeling their suffering and pain we believe that due to their sins they deserve it, this comes against us.  

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