Today, the seventh of Sivan, is the Hillulah, Death Anniversary of the Baal Shem Tov. One of the famous Rabbis in the last 450 years. His soul was so high and it is said that such a soul comes to the world only once in a thousand years.
It is also said that he came to the world to wake up the soul of all Israelites. His father merited such a son because he went out of his way to help a stranger on Shabbat.
A Kabbalaist ‘Maase Yechiel”, said that the Baal Shem Tov had the soul of Nefesh of Atziluth and the Holy Ari had his soul from Ruach of Atziluth. They both came to the world at the same period to create a bridge to the spiritual system that was lost because of the religiosity of people.
The existence of his and the Ari’s souls brought so much light to the world and Europe that, the whole world of that time came out of the dark ages. Art and science began to flourish in the world.
There are lots of information and stories about the Baal Shem Tov that you can easily find on the Internet but I wrote this piece to wake us all to the same consciousness that the Baal Shem Tov brought to the world. “Don’t just do it, put your soul and love in it”
The soul is our connection to the light. The deeper aspect of knowledge is connection. King David, whose death anniversary was yesterday, said in Psalms 3:6 “ בְּכָל-דְּרָכֶיךָ דָעֵהוּ וְהוּא, יְיַשֵּׁר אֹרְחֹתֶיךָ” “Know him in all your ways and he will direct your path”
We should connect our soul to the light with all our actions then we can enjoy the guidance and blessings.