He is Here, Taking Care

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The Yahrzeit of┬áReb Yisrael (“Baal Shem Tov” “Besh’t”) (d. 1760) is commemorated on Shavuot. The following meise / hasidic tale appeared in Sefer HaHasidut, Meah Tzadikim, Raphael, Yitzchak, 1961, Tel Aviv. (Freely translated by Gabbai Seth Fishman.)

The Baal Shem Tov’s Movements

The following was related by the holy Rav Rabbi Zusha of Hanipoli who heard it from his brother the Rav Rabbi Elimelech (the Tzaddik, may his memory be a blessing):

One time, the Baal Shem Tov (Besh’t) arose into supernal realms.

There, he came into contact with the Kabbalist Rav Avraham Azulai, (author of the book Chesed L’Avraham).

He asked him:

“Rabbi! Behold! With God’s help, I brought about ten sacred connections, each very important in Gan Eden / heavenly realms.

“Tell me: For what reason are all the worlds making such a tumult in response to your actions during your descents into lower realms? Tell me, so that I can assist.

“For we of the lower realms haven’t been able to endure your actions for their awesome depth. But I am there and, I can help give greater access and make the needed connections.”

(Shivchei haBesht 54)

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