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I met a fiddler (Hassidic tradition)

Author: Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

A disciple approached Rabbi Moshé Haim: “Today I met a man who laughed and scorned my striving for spiritual grace.”

“Today I met a fiddler,” answered the Rabbi. “He played with such divine inspiration that all who drew near began to sing and dance. I followed suit and was praising Creation with my joy when I saw a deaf man approach us. He stood there watching the fiddler and everyone dancing away. Finally he said in a loud voice: “What an indecent and grotesque display by a bunch of madmen!”

And Moshé Haim concluded: “Those who don’t know how to listen to God’s music can only conclude that it is useless.”

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