Dance of the Hasidim

acryic, ink, collage on canvas
43" x 43"
Dance of the Hasidim

At the festival of Simhat Torah, the day of rejoicing in the law, the Baal Shem Tov's disciples made merry in his house. They danced and drank and had more and more wine brought up from the cellar. After some hours, the Baal Shem's wife went to his room and said: "If they don't stop drinking, we soon won't have any wine left for the rites of the Sabbath, for Kiddush and Havdalah."

He laughed and replied: "You are right. So go and tell them to stop."

When she opened the door to the big room, this is what she saw: The disciples were dancing around in a circle, and around the dancing circle twined a blazing ring of blue fire. Then she herself took a jug in her right hand and a jug in her left and -- motioning the servant away -- went into the cellar. Soon after she returned with vessels full to the brim.