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“Once there was a Master of Prayer. He was constantly praying, singing songs, and praising G-d.”*
People tried to capture him; he was Public Enemy Number One. You can probably read about him somewhere on Rivka Levy’s Emunarama blog.
The Master of Prayer’s student, a young guy, took care of animals, maybe goats or sheep. At lunchtime he gathered his friends, sang songs to G-d, laughed, and studied Torah. This guy became Public Enemy Number Two. Police arrested him, jailed him, interrogated him, roughed him up, and warned him to STOP.
Now let’s look at a ‘good’ citizen, one who stays out of trouble. What does he do?
Mother is crying.
Mom, stop blaming yourself! Your child is a normal, respectable citizen. Be happy!
*From Rabbi Nachman’s Stories, translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan