lunes, 15 de abril de 2013

I hope you enjoy these stories from the book “Cuentos Jasídicos” by Martin Buber, Paidos, Barcelona

p.59. Once, after having recited the Eighteen  Blessings, Rabbi Berditchev addressed the several persons present in the Temple  and greeted them telling them again and again, “Peace be with you, peace be  with you” and embracing them repeatedly as though they were coming from a long  journey. When they looked at him in astonishment, y explain to them: “Why are  you surprised? Were you not very far away from here? You were in the market  seeing what you would buy, you were in your ship watching the expensive goods  you were importing from abroad, and you were in your office sorting out the  court cases you had to decide. When prayer was over and singing stopped, you  people came back from those far-away places, and that’s why I greeted you with  such warmth.”
p.63. Every night Rabbi Berditchev examined his  conscience over the whole day and repented for all the faults he had committed.  He would say: “Levi Itzjac will not do that again.” But them he scolded himself  and said: “Levi Itzac said exactly the same yesterday!” And so he concluded:  “Levi Itjac has the habit of sinning, and God has the habit of forgiving.”
p.84. When Rabbi Shmelke  and his brother visited the Magid at Mezritch, they questioned him about the  following point: “Our sages say certain things that leave us uneasy as we do  not know their meaning. According to them, we all should thank God for  suffering as well as for wellbeing, and welcome both with the same joy. Can you  tell us how we are to understand that?” The Magid answered: “Go to the House of  Prayer. There you will find Rabbi Zusia smoking his pipe. He will explain everything  to you.” They went to the House of Prayer, found Rabbi Zusia and asked him  their question about suffering. He answered them: “You have really come to the  wrong man to ask about suffering. I’ve never experienced any suffering in my  whole ife.” But all knew that Rabbi Zusia’s life had been full of suffering,  want and anguish, so they understood what the answer was: they were to accept  all suffering with love

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