Why Do You Always Tell Stories?

Why Do You Always Tell Stories?

Once some disciples of the Baal Shem Tov approached him and asked: “Why do you answer all questions by telling a story? Why do you always tell stories?”

The disciples then steeled themselves, certain that, true to the tradition, the Baal Shem Tov would necessarily answer such questions about a story with a story.

But the Baal Shem Tov, after a loving, lingering pause, responded, “Salvation lies in remembrance.”

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R’ Zalman tz’l teaches that a good maisa – a good story – is one where the heart surprises the mind.

Please feel free to use these stories in your teaching and in your holy conversations. ​​I welcome your gentle comments.