From The School of Pshish’kha/Kotzk, zt”l

I am currently reading, very slowly reading, Kol Simchah and Ohel Torah, a collection of Hasidic teachings from the school of Pshish'kha/Kotzk. There are small collections of sayings included at the end of each book, and I hope to translate a few one or two once a week.


These two are from the Kotzker, zt”l. Enjoy.


כל זמן שאדם הולך בחושך אינה רואה מה שהוא באור

“Any time a person walks in darkness they cannot see anything that appears in the light.”


מפני שאין לאדם בושה במעשיו אין לו יראה ג״כ

“When a person has no embarassment, no shame, over their actions, know they have no conscience.”

(note conscience is literally “fear”, ie. fear of God).


Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

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