May 3, 2013

Thoughts Affect the Items we Use or Make

continued from the previous two posts

The following are other examples I've come across:

* There's a story about an innkeeper who spilled out the vodka several times before serving it because he didn't want to serve it until his intentions were good (so that the drink wouldn't be adversely affected)

* We choose a sofer who is a yirei shomayim because the level of the sofer affects the spiritual quality of the tefillin etc. he writes.

* There's a story about the Baal Shem Tov in which he knew that the chazzan had distracting thoughts because the man who made the Shevisi sign was wicked and did not have holy thoughts when he made it but was playing with a dog.

* When the Baal Shem Tov saw a crafted object, he knew the thoughts behind it because the craftsman leaves the imprint of his intelligence, which is his life force, in the object he makes.

* Haman wanted timber from the teiva where the Shechina had dwelled.

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