Ten Rungs: Hasidic Sayings

Ten Rungs: Hasidic Sayings

Ten Rungs: Hasidic Sayings

Ten Rungs: Hasidic Sayings

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They asked the "holy Yehudi": "Why is it written: 'Justice, justice, shalt thou follow' [Deut. 16:20]? Why is the word 'justice' repeated?"

He answered: "We ought to follow justice with justice, and not with unrighteousness." That means: The use of unrighteousness as a means to a righteous end makes the end itself unrighteous; injustice as a means to justice renders justice unjust.

What knowledge could be of greater importance to the men of our age, and to the various communities of our time? The saying sounds as if it were derived from the experiences of contemporaries. And yet it stems from the Napoleonic era, and was not spoken at the hub of events, but in a Polish ghetto, and by a zaddik, a "righteous man," who was a leader of hasidim, those "devout" souls who knew that no one can be really devout in relation to God, if he is not devout toward His creation, and that the love of God is unreal, unless it is crowned with love for one's fellow men.

This book contains a small selection of hasidic sayings of this nature. They all revolve around a single question: How can we fulfill the meaning . . .

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