We're Seen

Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) ben Eliezer (August 27, 1698 (18 Elul) - May 22, 1760), often called Baal Shem Tov or Besht, was a Jewish mystical rabbi. He is considered to be the founder of Hasidic Judaism. Once Baal Shem Tov hired a wagon driver to take him to a town. As the wagon passed a field filled with appetizing produce, the driver stopped the wagon.

The driver, who had no idea who Baal Shem Tov was, said "I'm going to get us some good vegetables from that field. You be the lookout. Call out if you see anybody coming."

As the driven bent down to pick up some vegetables, Baal Shem Tov yelled, "We're seen! We're seen!"

The terrified driver raced back to the wagon and quickly sped away.

After a short distance the driver looked back, but he didn't see anyone.

In an iratated tone, he looked at the rabbi and said, "Why did you call out like that? There wasn't anyone watching."

Baal Shem Tov pointed to the heavens and said " GOD was watching. GOD is always watching."

How right he was.

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