This is not our way!

Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz heard that one of his disciples had secluded himself in a cave for days without food or water. He hurried to the cave and admonished the emaciated young man:

“This is not our way! We don’t starve ourselves to become holy!”

The disciple replied: “But you yourself would tell us many stories about your own teacher, Rabbi Yisro’el Ba’al Shem Tov, how he would go for weeks without eating or drinking and how he became such a great miracle worker!”

Rabbi Pinchas said: “My dear son, my teacher would indeed spend days in the mountains without eating or drinking, the only difference is that he would always take food along with him but would forget to eat!”

——- Oral tradition

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