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Chassidic Tales [Jan. 12th, 2017|08:29 pm]
Weird Jews 2

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I'm trying to track down the origin of a story: An Angel comes to a righteous rabbi and tells him that, no matter what, he will not go to heaven. Rather than cry or be angry, the rabbi begins to dance with joy.

When asked by the angel why he is dancing the rabbi replies: Because now when I do good, it will be only for good's sake."

It echoes something out of Pirke Avos: That one should do good not in the expectation of reward, but for the glory of G-d, but it sounds like a Chasidic take on this and I'd love to track it down.
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[User Picture]From: marlowe1
2017-01-13 05:07 pm (UTC)
I heard it in the context of a closeted gay Chasidic guy thinking that he was on a higher spiritual plane because he did not enjoy having sex with his wife. So he was only doing good for good's sake (took him about 25 years of marriage to admit that his little problem wasn't going away).

By the way, I'm blocked on FB but do you still need strips for your diabetes reader? I don't use mine so much because my diabetes is mostly under control but every time I fill my prescription I get a month's worth so I have extra boxes.

Send me a PM on FB if you need one. Give me your address and I can send you a box - if it's the right kind obviously.
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[User Picture]From: marlowe1
2017-01-13 05:07 pm (UTC)
The notion is in Tanya. The story might be there too.
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