Compassion, Angels & the Baal Shem Tov

Compassion is … in our hands. Mystical Judaism says that angels are created by our actions and words. Most of us aren’t on the vibration to sense the myriads of angels that accompany us, but they are there and a tzaddik (a very righteous, spiritually attuned person) can sense them and discern what kind of angels they are.
This is a story of the Baal Shem Tov, a holy Jewish sage of the 1700’s: A man once spoke disparagingly of the Baal Shem Tov. The next day the holy sage confronted him about his slander. The man said “who told you of my private discussions with my friends?” The Baal Shem Tov said “an angel told me.” The man replied ” angels wouldn’t have told you because angels don’t gossip.” The Baal Shem Tov replied “This angel does – it was created by your slander. His very presence informed me of how he was created.” (Lazer Gurkow, Chabad.org.).
To the opposite, just think how many angels can be created by our kind and compassionate words 🙂
13th day of the Jewish month of Av – the month of Compassion