Paul B. Fenton
The third remedy for the sickness of the soul is solitude… At moments of grace, it behoves the worshipper to isolate himself in a particular place in order that men should not see him… Thus I learned from my master, the saintly and pious rabbi Joseph Sagis, for he was accustomed to practise this. I have found in the writings of Rabbi Isaac of Akko, that several hasidim had this practice in his time.
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Originally published in Medieval Encounters, 1995. Republished here with thanks.