Ten Rungs of Hasidic Wisdom–Selections

Martin Buber

Every lock has its key which fits into and opens it. But there are strong thieves who know how to open locks without keys. They break the lock. So every mystery in the world can be unriddled by the particular kind of meditation fitted to it. But God loves the thief who breaks the lock open: I mean, the man who breaks his heart for God.

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If a man has faith and a simplicity that does not rationalize, he will be found worthy of reaching the rung of grace which is even higher than that of holy wisdom. He will be vouchsafed great and great overwhelming grace in God in very blissful silence, until he will be able to bear the greatness of this silence no longer, and
will cry aloud out of the fullness of his soul.

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