Monthly Archives: May 2011

Really seeing…

The rabbi leaned out of his window and called to his servant below: “Heschel, Heschel! What do you see?” “What do you mean ‘What do you see’? I see nothing out of the ordinary,” Heschel replied. The rabbi persisted, “Heschel, … Continue reading

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And so it was enough: the power of storytelling

Once to avert a terrible disaster, the Baal Shem Tov went into the forest, lit a candle and prayed a special prayer. With God’s help, the disaster was averted. Years after the death of the Baal Shem Tov, another disaster … Continue reading

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Do you love me? (How Moshe Leib learned love)

The Hasidic Rabbi Moshe Leib once said: “I learned how to love mankind from a drunk peasant. He was sitting in a tavern drinking with his companions. He did not say anything for a very long time. But after a … Continue reading

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If God can get along with him… (a story)

A story about Moshe Leib of Sasov: Late one night, Rabbi Moshe Leib was deep in study of the Torah when he was interrupted by shouting and a rattling noise at his window. It was a drunk peasant at his … Continue reading

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A Single Hour For Yourself

For twenty years some of my favorite stories come from the Hasidic tradition. And one of my favorite Tzaddiks is Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sasov.[1] Here is one of his sayings that many people today have a very difficult time … Continue reading

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Behold He Comes…

A couple of years ago I was having coffee with one of my favorite people, Lynn Anderson. If I recall correctly we were at a Starbucks in Dallas. Lynn was describing a recent visit he and Carolyn made to a … Continue reading

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