|A Baal Shem Tov Minute V|
|Written by Bentzion of Medziboz|
The Baal Shem Tov revealed the extraordinary spiritual pleasure caused by the genuine brotherhood and camaraderie of fellow Jews. He declared: “The warm blessings showered by good friends have such favorable divine repercussions, that they rival the continuous defense and arousal of Heavenly mercy effected by the angel Michael!”
He also exclaimed that “when a Jew sighs in distress over the misfortune of another, this sigh shatters the strongest arguments presented by Heavenly adversaries. Spiritual walls of steel buckle. Conversely, when a Jew rejoices in the happiness of his friend and blesses him with further success – his blessing is as favorable before G-d as the prayer offered by Rabbi Yishmael the High Priest in the Holy of Holies!” From The Great Mission: The life and story of Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov, compiled by Rabbi Eli Friedman, Kehot Publishing Society
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