poetry by Rachel Pollack

This Too is Enough

They tell a story of the Baal Shem Tov that when he faced a special problem he would go to a place in the forest, light afire and say a special prayer and God would answer him. When he died his followers forgot how to light the fire, but they went to the place and said the prayer and it was enough. They died, and their disciples went to the forest but they forgot the prayer, and God still answered them. But in the next generation they no longer knew the place. So they told the story and that, too, was enough.

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