Dancing and Spirit

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The Yahrzeit of Rabbi Aaron II of Karlin (1802-1872) is commemorated on the 17th of Sivan. The following meise / hasidic tale appeared in Sefer HaHasidut, Meah Tzadikim, Raphael, Yitzchak, 1961, Tel Aviv. (Freely translated by Gabbai Seth Fishman.)

In His View, The Purpose Of Dance

Some people asked Rabbi Aaron of Karlin:

“It seems that Hasidim are usually on the verge of a dance.

“Dear Rabbeinu, please teach us what this is about?”

Rabbi Aaron answered them:

“Yes, it’s true and here’s why.

At the time of dancing, a person rises up some inches above ground level.”

(From Time Immemorial)


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