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Baal Shem Tov, R. Israel

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The Baal Shem Tov, in his earlier years, was known to dress as a simple shepherd and preach from the top of a barrel in the marketplace. He captured his audience with enrapturing tales and parables…
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
The world is to its Maker as the shell is to the tortoise.
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
For there was no person to whom the king felt greater kindred of spirit than to this pauper of paupers…
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
A king had three friends. But he was informed that they were not his friends. So he gave each of the three friends a royal dog.
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
A good teacher is one that can turn a bad trait into a good one.
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
A true leader makes all his people into heroes.
If no one hears this proclamation from Heaven, what use is it to proclaim it? And if someone were to say that he hears it, what fool would believe him?
If no one hears this proclamation from Heaven, what use is it to proclaim it? And if someone were to say that he hears it, what fool would believe him?
Just as every person is a microcosm, so is the entire Jewish people a single spiritual organism.
Just as every person is a microcosm, so is the entire Jewish people a single spiritual organism.
One should pray as if he were awakening the dawn, and not the dawn awakening him.
One should pray as if he were awakening the dawn, and not the dawn awakening him.
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