R’ Pinchas said: “I have found nothing more difficult in life than to overcome lying. It took me fourteen years. I broke every bone I had and at last I found a salvation. For the sake of Truth, I struggled for twenty-one years; seven years to find out what Truth is, seven years to drive away falsehood and seven to absorb Truth”.*
*Chassidic Rebbes: From the Baal Shem Tov to Modern Times, by Tzvi Rabinowicz, p. 46 (B)
The two Rabbis are praying together. One says: “Almighty I am a ‘Gurnisht’ (a nothing) but I’m asking you to please… “. The other says “Really, Almighty how can a Gurnisht like me approach you but please…” A bystander, impressed that the Holy Rabbis are saying they are Gurnisht is inspired, and fervently says: “Who am I, a Gurnisht, to approach the great Creator.” One Rabbi says to the other, “look who thinks he’s a Gurnisht!”
The Baal Shem Tov was particular to put on his tefillin at the beginning of the prayer service, prior to reciting the first paragraph of Shema and Korbanos [sacrificial offerings]. (Pe’er L’Yesharim 78; Ta’amei HaMinhagim, Birchos HaShachar)
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In order to vanquish the ‘klipa,’ shell, or impure forces, which surround each spiritual level, we have to come to the joy of a Mitzvah, which means we should rejoice that we have the opportunity to become close to G-d and His Tzaddikim, who help him draw close to G-d, and this joy helps us break the shell and rise to the new level.
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