Baal Shem Tov Quotes

The world is new to us every morning – and every man should believe he is reborn each day

From every human being there rises a light.

Your fellow man is your mirror. If your own face is clean, the image you perceive will also be flawless. But should you look upon your fellow man and see a blemish, it is your own imperfection that you are encountering – you are being shown what it is that you must correct within yourself.

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Why? Because every human being has a root in the Unity, and to reject the minutest particle of the Unity is to reject it all.

The world is full of wonders and miracles but man takes his little hand and covers his eyes and sees nothing.

Before you can find God, you must lose yourself.

Everybody is unique. Compare not yourself with anybody else lest you spoil God’s curriculum.

Whenever feeling downcast, each person should vitally remember, “For my sake, the entire world was created.”

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

Fear builds walls to bar the light.

He who is full of joy is full of love.

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

The ideal of man is to be a revelation himself, clearly to recognize himself as a manifestation of God.

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?

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

Forgetfulness leads to exile while remembrance is the secret of redemption.

If the Bible didn’t show us the weaknesses, the vulnerabilities, the sins of our heroes, we might have deep questions about their true virtue.

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

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

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

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.

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

Everything above and below is one unity.

As man acts, God reacts.

If a man has beheld evil, he may know that it was shown to him in order that he learn his own guilt and repent; for what is shown to him is also within him.