By Martin Buber
The sacred stories and aphorisms accrued right here by way of Martin Buber have their origins within the conventional Hasidic metaphor of existence as a ladder, achieving in the direction of the divine by way of ascending rungs of perfection. via Biblical riddles and interpretations, Jewish proverbs and non secular meditations, they search to evoke within the reader an entire knowledge of the urgency of the human , and of the nice want for self-recognition and non secular renewal.
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Why does the verse read “in water” and not “in a mirror”? 62 TEN RUNGS Answer: Man can see his reflection in water only when he bends close to it, and the heart of man too must lean down to the heart of his fellow; then it will see itself within his heart. ” Everyone must be both a giver and a receiver. Who is not both is as a barren tree. IN EVERY MAN In every man there is something precious, which is in no one else. And so we should honor each for what is hidden within him, for what only he has, and none of his comrades.
And this we grow aware of in prayer only when our prayers cling to the boundless. The two exist in every world; everyone has both, each according to his rung And he who rises to a higher rung converts his obeying into doing, and then is given a new “we obey,” and so on from rung to rung. The same holds for the worlds. What in this, our world, is a “we obey,” is a “we do” for the world of heavenly spheres, and the heavens have a higher “we obey,” and so on from world to world. ” The “he” is what he brought: he brought himself.
He who will not look at his brother will soon come to this: He will cleave to his place and not be able to move from it. OUR TEST Everything in the world can be examined by its own particular test, to see if it is as it should be. And what is the test for the man of Israel? It is his love for Israel. When he sees that love for Israel grows greater in his soul day by day he knows that he is ascending in the service of God. , the devout or the loving one, because he gives so much love to his mate and his young.
Ten Rungs: Collected Hasidic Sayings by Martin Buber