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The Holiness of The Baal Shem Tov’s Prayer



The 24th of Shevat is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Shlomo Margulies, Rav of Zelitschek, a close talmid of the Baal Shem Tov (1733-1805).  “How well do I know with what great holiness he, the Baal Shem Tov, conducted himself, with such piety and separation from worldliness. But he especially put his efforts and energy into the service of the heart – prayer. He prayed with complete divorcement from the body and from everything material – hitpashtut he-gashmiyut – and with tremendous d’veikut with the living God. (Rabbi Margulies, quoted in Kerem Yisrael, page 5, #1 – Jewish Spiritual Practices, by Yitzhak Buxbaum, page 99)

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