The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

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V'al Tit'sheinu - Tzanz

I heard this tune at a bar mitzvah celebration at the Tzanzer shul in the old city of Tsfat. An elderly man with a white beard in a wheelchair presided over the kiddush and motsi and spoke, the fater spoke, and then the chasidim started dancing like it was a wedding. During the dancing chasidim made a ring around this man who I assumed was the rebbe. (He wasn't.) At the end I asked him for a brakhah. My request confused him a bit but he gave me a blessing anyway.

I returned the next day for shacharit and found one chasid who didn't mind recording the song for me. He even asked me to send him the audio file.

The words of the song come from Nishmat in the morning service for shabbat and holidays. You may need to read them first to understand them, because the Tzanzer accent is so strong. For example, the "oo" sound is pronounced "ee", so "Eloheinu" (our God) becomes "Elawkeini". Here's the verse transliterated the way most of us would pronounce it:

Ad heinah azarunu rachamekha v'lo azavunu chasadekha v'al tit-sheinu Hashem Elokeinu lanetsach

עד הנה עזרונו רחמיך ולא עזבונו חסדיך ואל תטשנו ה׳ אלקינו לנצח

It means: "Til this point your mercy has helped us, and your love did not abandon us -- don't ever spurn us Hashem (YHVH) our God."




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