Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the first rebbe of the Lubavitch
dynasty, led the services for Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the
year. He stood wrapped in his prayer shawl, profoundly entranced
in the cleaving of the soul to its source. Every word of prayer
he uttered was fire. His melody and fervor carried the entire
community off to the highest and the deepest journey of the
spirit. And then he stopped. He turned, cast off his prayer
shawl and left the synagogue. With a bewildered congregation
chasing behind, he walked briskly to the outskirts of town, to a
small dark house from where was heard the cry of a newborn
infant. The rabbi entered the house, chopped some wood and lit a
fire in the oven, boiled some soup and cared for the mother and
child that lay helpless in bed. Then he returned to the synagogue
and to the ecstasy of his prayer.

Note that the rabbi removed his prayer shawl. To help someone,
you must leave your world of prayer and meditation and enter that
person's world. You cannot help another from above, only from
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