Rabbi David Aaron said that the Ba’al Shem Tov says in Parshas Yisro, והעולם הזה צורך גבוהה - This world is of great heavenly need.” כי אין מלך בלא עם - “For there is no King without a Nation. Go alephbeta.org - time duration 3:58

Where is the source for this?

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    Sep 4, 2014 at 20:47
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This is found in Keser Shem Tov Part 2 400b - Kehot.

It is quoted (with attribution to Keser Shem Tov part 2, 20a, which would reference a different print) in Baal Shem Tov Al HaTorah Yisro 44.

The source for this statement (of אין מלך בלא עם - there is no King without a Nation) is Rabbeinu Bechaya to Vayeshev 38:30 and the beginning of Balak. This idea is found in Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer 3, with slightly different wording.

  • Is 400b the page number? Sep 4, 2014 at 21:04
  • @ChiddusheiTorah, yeah (well, 400, I think it is column b, I would have to check a physical copy to be sure - it is very edition specific, that reference would be to the Kehot print).
    – Yishai
    Sep 4, 2014 at 21:08
  • Yishai, can you please send me the links to Keser Shem Tov part 2 [20a], Baal Shem Tov Al HaTorah Yisro 44 and Rabbeinu Bechaya to Vayeshev 38:30? Sep 5, 2014 at 3:18
  • @ChiddusheiTorah, I checked a physical copy of Baal Shem Tov Al HaTorah. The Keser Shem Tov 20a page number is what it lists there, I couldn't even guess what edition it is talking about, and I don't think Hebrewbooks.org has it. It is all the same as the existing link in terms of language and context. I'll add the Rabbeinu Bechaya link.
    – Yishai
    Sep 5, 2014 at 4:01
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    @ChiddusheiTorah, Shimon Menachem Mendel of Gorbatchov, with additional research credit credit to Nassan Natta of Kaliver (brothers, if I read that right).
    – Yishai
    Sep 7, 2014 at 2:09

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