By Yitzhak Buxbaum
Jewish stories of Mystic pleasure finds the happiness that awaits us if we attempt for genuine spirituality. The tales are approximately pious rabbis and humble tailors, approximately dancing, making a song, giggling, and crying, yet their universal denominator is often joyous ecstasy. Drawing us right into a international of devotion, the stories let us style the bliss that comes from a lifestyles lived from the very middle of one's self. every one tale comes alive in pleasure and produces a "holy shiver" that speaks to the soul.
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But when people grow older, they can become used to anything. Now, thank God, I no longer even feel their weight. I tell you, they’re as light as feathers on my shoulders. ” After Heikel left, the Baal Shem Tov turned to his disciples and said, “Do you see this? The same Heikel, the same heavy pair of water buckets, the same houses high up on the hillsides. Yet it’s as if there were two different Heikels! Look how different the Heikel of today is from the Heikel of yesterday! “When he is dissatisfied, he grumbles and complains and actually feels as if he has no strength left.
The rabbi did not want to be impolite to a guest to the town, so he did not interrupt and waited until the Besht finished his song. Then the rabbi greeted him. The Baal Shem Tov returned his greeting and sang another song. ” replied the Besht. ’ said the rabbi. ” said the Besht. So the two of them jumped up, joined hands, and danced in joy. Although this rabbi did not become a Hasid, a follower of the Baal Shem Tov, he was very impressed by the Besht and considered him a great person. He saw that the Besht was a Jew who sang and danced in joy when the sins of his fellow Jews were forgiven, and he was someone who could share that joy with him, the rabbi.
Rabbi, every night I wake up at three in the morning and my first delivery of the morning is to bring water to the synagogue for the people to wash their hands. I don’t do this for money but to have the honor to bring water to cleanse the people before they pray. I am alone in the synagogue then, and so I open the holy Ark [containing the Torah scrolls]. “‘I cry to the Almighty and say, “God in heaven, Master of the world, I am Moshe the Water Carrier from Sokolov. I am telling you, God in heaven, I can’t live like this anymore.
Jewish Tales of Mystic Joy by Yitzhak Buxbaum