It used to be that the soul fought with the body, until one conquered the other by force.

Then the Baal Shem Tov came and taught a new path: The body, too, could come to appreciate those things the soul desires.

In the place of self-affliction and fasting, the Baal Shem Tov showed his students the way of meditation and joy. Every need of the body, he taught, could provide a channel to carry the soul high.

Hayom Yom, 28 Shvat. 16 Tamuz 5716. Igrot Kodesh, vol. 6 page 157. Ibid, vol. 10, pg. 240.