The Jewish Spirit Journal
A Journal of Jewish Mysticism and Spirituality
Vol. 1, No. 6 January 2003

TORAH TEACHINGS

Do Not Let Afflictions Cast You into a Dark Mood

The Baal Shem Tov taught: When a person sees that afflictions are coming upon him and he immediately falls into small consciousness and confusion, through this his body is also weakened until the afflictions are able to overcome him, God-forbid. Therefore, a dark mood is a manifestation of spiritual judgments [dinim] and the afflictions are physical judgments. (Maaseh B'Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov, p.273)

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