Baal Shem Tov Quotes on Shoiftim

Love/fear of God

“You shall surely place Guards at all your gates” – this refers to that in everything you do, you should place the love and fear of G-d.


The Baal Shem Tov said, that the final Poiskim (halachic authorities) were the Shach and Taz – and therefore one should never disagree with them (unless going stricter… or based on their own logic, such as when incurring extreme financial loss etc.) Nonetheless, the later books (such as Kitzur ed.) that the Jewish people accepted as Halachah (authoritative) the Spirit of G-d (ruach-hakodesh) in it rests.

Ruach Hakodesh

All the Torah books written until the Maharsha (he passed away 1631) were written with Ruach Hakodesh (God’s holy spirt) and as such they are part of the Corpus of Torah.

The Maharsha

The Baal Shem Tov praised to the heavens the great holiness of the Maharsha – he said, “if people were to understand his greatness, they would lick the dust by his tombstone.”

Nodah Biyehuda

When The Torah scholar, The Nodah Biyehuda (Rabbi Yechezkal of Prague) began his teaching – the Baal Shem Tov said, they announced in Heaven, “Guard (keep) Yechezkal and his Torah.”  

The Baal Shem Tov said the Nodah Biyehuda had a New Neshomah – hidden in the celestial realm (and hence this holy soul came down at the appointed tome to enlighten us.)

The Rebbe Of The Generation

The Rebbe of the generation can literally sense everything.

The Rebbe of the generation, knows the thoughts of all.


Always be one with your inner heart/soul.

The King and the fool vs. wise

A king is angry at a citizen, so he sends a soldier to threaten him – the fool is worried about the solider, the wise person says, “Let me go and appease the king” (similarly the bad that happens to us… – the fool looks at the circumstance…) another example is the king is happy with someone, so He sends a messenger – the messenger bearing good news is likewise… – so the fool rejoices in the messenger…  but the wise person rejoices in the king – all of our pleasure and pains, we must elevate (to their source.)


When we serve God – we should never take credit (for as the Mishna says: this is the sole/soul purpose.)

Good “Slacking”

King Solomon tells the lazy person to learn from the ant – that is constantly industrious – it has no master but it faithfully does its duty – so two types of people – one has no master so they are wild and useless – the other, places upon themselves, G-d – now though it is impossible to always be good, nonetheless just like a field that sometimes loses its strength / drive) and the solution is to allow it fallow (…do nothing, which allows the nutrients to replenish…) By a good person, the times of slacking, motivate action.