The Essence of Chassidic Hitbonenut

When a chassid in a private audience told the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, R. Shalom DovBer, that he finds the lengthy contemplation that chassidus demands before prayer difficult, the Rebbe responded:

“What is lengthy contemplation? A person must contemplate what he can be, what he must be, and what he actually is – this is hisbonenus.”

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