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How to Tell a Story

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“A rabbi, whose grandfather had been a disciple of the Baal Shem, was asked to tell a story. ‘A story,’ he said, ‘must be told in such a way that it constitutes help in itself.’ And he told: ‘My grandfather was lame. Once they asked him to tell a story about his teacher. And he related how the holy Baal Shem used to hop and dance while he prayed. My grandfather rose as he spoke, and he was so swept away by his story that he himself began to hop and dance and show how the master had done. From that hour on he was cured of his lameness. That’s the way to tell a story!”

From Martin Buber’s Tales of the Hasidim.

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Written by Mesocosm

April 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

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  1. Reblogged this on mrg | lettrure(s) and commented:
    De l’efficacité narrative!

    cercamon

    April 29, 2015 at 7:30 am


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