Hasidic Stories

by Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro

A Hasid burst into the study of Reb Yerachmiel ben Yisrael. "Rebbe," he said breathlessly, "What is the way to God?" The Rebbe looked up from his studies and answered: "There is no way to God, for God is not other than here and now." "Then, Rebbe, tell me the essence of God." "There is no essence of God, for God is all and nothing." "Then, Rebbe, tell me the secret that I might know that God is all." "My friend," Reb Yerachmiel sighed, "There is no way, there is no essence, there is no . . .

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