… whoever heard [Rabbi Aaron of Karlan] pray was seized by the love for God. But the picture becomes complete only through the words the same zaddik [Shneur Zalman] said about Rabbi Aaron’s great fear of God after his death. His love was only the flowering of his fear, for only through great fear – this was Rabbi Aaron’s basic feeling – can one attain to great love. He who has not this fear does not love the great and terrible God himself, but only a small convenient idol.

Martin Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, trans. Olga Marx (New York: Schocken Books, 1975) 47 Nook edition..

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