Monday, December 28, 2009

going beyond the intellect | a jewish story from the Great Maggid

It is said that the Great Maggid would convene his inner circle every night to teach (the disciples) the sacred texts. All of his greatest students would gather. When the Maggid would begin to speak, "And God said..", Reb Zushya would leap up, overwhelmed with ecstasy. He would yell out, "And God said! God said!"

He would spin around and around like a leaf in the wind, and then faint, unconscious for the rest of the teaching. Every night it was the same thing.

The other disciples would tease him, saying, "Zushya, you're missing all the holy teachings!" The teasing went on for days and days until finally the master said, "Leave him alone; he's the only one who gets it."

- Story from The Great Maggid, may God be well pleased with him, the successor to the founder of Hasidism -the mystical branch of Judaism

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