Baal Shem Tov
Quotations


A broom sweeps clean, and itself becomes soiled; cleanse yourself of those offenses of which you may feel guilty.

As man acts, God reacts.

Before you can find God you must lose yourself.

Everything above and below is one unity.

For any of us to come to the understanding that we are common and unlearned is the accomplishment of a lifetime.

He who is full of joy is full of love.

I am going out one door, and shall go through another.

If the Bible didnít show us the weaknesses, the vulnerabilities, the sins of our heroes, we might have deep questions about their true virtue.

Mind is the foundation of man.

People should allow themselves the opportunity to really know what the unity of God means. To grasp a part of the nondivisible union is to grasp the whole.

The central aspect of worship is the feeling of being at one with God.

The world is new to us every morning--this is God's gift; and every man should believe he is reborn each day.

There is no room for God in the man who is filled with himself.

To pull a friend out of the mire, don't hesitate to get dirty.

Unless we believe that God renews creation every day, our prayers grow habitual and tedious.

We should not laugh at the person who becoming caught up in his prayer bends his body or moves about in strange ways. Perhaps he moves in this manner to wave off unwelcome thoughts that would interrupt the prayer. Would we find it funny if we saw a person drowning going through strange motions doing whatever was necessary to save his life?

We should learn and reflect to the best of our capacity, but when we reach a point where we are unable to make sense of life, we should supplant faith for understanding, and reflect again on what we do know.

When a father complains that his son has taken to evil ways, what should he do? Love him more than ever.



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