Thursday, September 03, 2015


Quote of the Baal Shem Tov

A reader asks…

The following quote is attributed to the Baal Shem Tov and sourced as from the Sefer Otzar HaChaim.

I understand this sefer has 5 volumes, and is attributed to the Nadvorna Rebbe. Can anyone help me out with where in this sefer appears this quote (story)?

“I heard from my teacher and father-in-law, who was the chief disciple of Rebbe Yechiel Michal of Zlotchov, that once when the Baal Shem Tov was traveling on the road, he stepped into a wooded area to pray the afternoon prayer. His disciples were dumbfounded to see him hitting his head against a tree, crying and screaming. Afterward, they asked him what had happened. He explained that he had seen, with divine inspiration, that in the generations before the coming of the Moshiach there would be a multitude of rabbis, and that they would be the very ones who would impede the redemption. [Otzar Chayim]”

With much appreciation.


  1. Found here (right column, near bottom of page)

    In addition, just the statement of the Baal Shem Tov is found here (but see also the entire paragraph, which discusses a similar idea).

    (h/t Israel613)

  2. Thank you so much both Akiva and Yaak! I've been hunting for this.


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