KESER SHEM TOV
Anthology of the Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov
The Baal Shem Tov taught:
“A person should always be accustomed to say, ‘Everything that G-d does is for the best’,”1 as did Rabbi Akiba, whereas Nachum Ish Gamzu would always say, “This too is for the good.”2
The Baal Shem Tov taught: Nachum said, “This too is for the good,” because he was able to actually transform the strict judgments at their source by finding some purposeful kindness in those specific judgments, and then everything was immediately transformed to an act of Divine kindness. The average person, though, who is unable to find the Divine kindness hidden in the source of judgment, should nevertheless always be accustomed to say in general, “Everything that G-d does is for the best,” even though he does not understand how this is true.
1Tractate Berakhoth 60b.
2Tractate Taanith 21a.
Translation and commentary by Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett.
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