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There’s a story about a Hasid who wanted to be close to his rebbe, Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer of Medzhibozh, known as the Baal Shem Tov (Besht), and therefore pestered him with many inane questions. One Shabbat morning he turned to his rebbe and asked: “Tell me, rebbe, why do the Jews eat kigel on Shabbat of all days?” The Besht gave him a...