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Author QuotedMartin Buber
Title QuotedTales of Rabbi Nahman
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/01/24
ImprintNew York : Horizon Press. 1956
QuotationReading the Tales of Rabbi Nachman-some are a bit too drawn out, but the one about the Clever Man and the Simple Man was sobering. I was deeply moved by the one about the Rabbi and his son: the conventional and strict Rabbi going by the books and the son who tries his best to stick to the books and is led away by the interior voice. His desire to meet the holy Zaddik, and the way his Father half complied, and how the devil used his Father's superstition to prevent the meeting which would have meant "the coming of the Messiah." It is a profound story.
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 196
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