painting of synagogue by a river

Learning is not the only way to God. One can also approach God through a life of fervor and exaltation experienced for the sake of heaven; through prayer and joy that transcend everyday existence and transform human suffering by imbuing all of life with hope, purpose, sanctity, thereby raising earth to heaven, restoring the unity of creation, and redeeming the world.

Chaim Potok, “Foreword,” in Martin Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, New York: Schocken Books, 1991/1947, 7-16, 10.