Image - Friday Evening by Isidor Kaufman

[Hasidism] had nothing to do with pantheism which destroys or stunts the greatest of all values: the reciprocal relationship between the human and the divine, the reality of the I and the You which does not cease at the rim of eternity. Hasidism did, however, make manifest the reflection of the divine, the sparks of God that glimmer in all beings and all things, and taught how to approach them, how to deal with them, how to ‘lift’ and redeem them, and re-connect them with their original root.

Martin Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, Schocken Books, 1947, 28.