“like a bed of coals”


A person at prayer is like a bed of coals.

As long as a single spark remains,

              a great fire can again be kindled.

But without that spark there can be no fire.


Always remain attached to G-d,

even in those times

                               when you feel unable to ascend to Him.

You must preserve that single spark– 

                               lest the fire of your soul be extinguished.


Liqqutim Yeqarim 15b & Keter Shem Tov 37b-38a, as edited and translated by Arthur Green & Barry W. Holtz in YOUR WORD IS FIRE: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer (1993) at page 112.

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