I’m re-posting this quotation from a beautiful book by Elie Wiesel, Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters. I’ve been too busy the past couple of weeks to do much cooking or photography or writing or thinking, so this is just a quotation, but it’s a good one. It’s from a story about Rebbe Levi-Yitzhak, who was drawing up his son’s engagement contract:
“The scribe had specified that the marriage was to take place on a certain date in Berditchev. Levi Yitzhak furiously tore the contract to shreds: ‘Berditchev? Why Berditchev? This is what you will write: “The marriage will take place on such a date in Jerusalem, except if the Messiah has not yet come; in which case the ceremony will be performed in Berditchev.””
If that doesn’t make you want to weep like a baby, I don’t know what will.