The Sephardic Community of Fair Lawn, New Jersey

A rabbi once told the following tale:

“In my youth when I was fired with the love of God, I thought I would convert the whole world to God. But since I discovered that it would be quite enough to convert the people who live in my town, and I tried for a long time but did not succeed. Then I realized that my program was still too ambitious, and I concentrated on the persons in my own household. But I could not convert them either. Finally it dawned on me: I must work upon myself, so that I may give true service to God. But I did not accomplish even this.”

Excerpted from Buber’s Hasidic Tales: Saturday, October 2, 1948

 

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