Praying in the Field

acryic, ink, collage on canvas
30" x 40"
Praying in the Field

A Hasid who was traveling to Mezbizh in order to spend the Day of Atonement near the Baal Shem Tov, was forced to interrupt his journey for something or other. When the stars rose, he was still a good way away from the town and, to his great grief, had to pray alone in the open field. When he arrived in Mezbizh after the holiday, the Baal Shem received him with particular happiness and cordiality. "Your praying," he said, "lifted up all the prayers which were lying stored in the field."