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"I will tear you like a fish!"

Friday, 8 February, 2019 - 2:27 am

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This story happened about 250 years ago, in the time of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov. The village where he lived was called (and is still called) Mezhebuzh. One time, a dispute
happened between two men and, as it happens many times with quarrels, instead of calming down and forgetting about it, it got worse every day. It got to the point that they were fighting even in the synagogue. One time, before the prayer, one man shouted to the other: “I will tear you apart like a piece of fish!”

The Baal Shem Tov was there and became very serious. He asked his students to form a circle, each one putting his hands on the shoulder of his neighbors and to close their eyes. Finally, the Baal Shem Tov closed the circle by putting his hands of the shoulders of the two students nearest to him.  Suddenly, the students shouted with fear: they saw the man who had just threatened the other actually tearing him off like a piece of fish! The Baal Shem Tov then took off his hands and the vision stopped.

The Baal Shem Tov explained: “Each of our actions, words and even thoughts has some kind of effect. Sometimes, the effect is concrete and visible to all. Sometimes, you need a more spiritual eye to see and the effect”.

Our words, good and bad, our blessings as well as our threats have a big power. Let’s use them carefully.

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