Crowded House of Prayer

acryic, ink, collage on canvas
40" x 30"
Crowded House of Prayer

Once the Baal Shem Tov stopped on the threshold of a House of Prayer and refused to go in. "I cannot go in," he said. "It is crowded with teachings and prayers from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. How could there be room for me?"

And when he saw that those around him were staring at him and did not know what he meant, he added: "The words from the lips of those whose teaching and praying does not come from the hearts lifted to heaven, cannot rise, but fill the house from wall to wall and from ceiling to ceiling."