03 July 2005

Into the Woods

When the Seer of Lublin was a child - 4 or 5 - his teacher had trouble with him in school. He was always running off into the woods. His teacher would try and discipline him - but it didn't do any good.
One time his teacher followed him deep into the woods, and saw him sit down on the forest floor and, trembling, scream out "Shma Yisrael...!"
His teacher didn't give him a hard time after that.

His father once asked him, though, "Why are you going out into the woods all the time?"
"To find God," he responded.
"Don't you know that God is the same everywhere?", his father pressed.
"God's the same everywhere," he said, "but I'm not."


MC Aryeh said...

These short pieces are packed with so much depth and insight and beauty. The picture is very ethereal, creepy, mystical and heartbreaking all at once. It has a Blair Witch feel. Great post.

'laizer said...


I just took the picture down because I'm not sure about copyright issues...

It was at http://www.ldodds.com/photos/westonbirt/enchanted-wood-2003/white-tree.jpg