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Friday, August 21, 2009

The Turkey Prince Rises From Under The Table

Rabbi Nahman said: once a king's son went crazy [in his madness he thought] that he was a bird that is called Hindik, that is a turkey. And [therefore the king's son thought that he] should settle naked under the table and drag (peck) pieces of bread and bones like a Hindik. All the doctors despaired of helping him and healing him. The King was very pained, until a wise man came and said: I accept upon myself to heal him.

[What did the wise man do?] He also stripped naked and sat under the table with the king's son, and also dragged (pecked) crumbs and bones.

The king's son asked him: Who are you and what are you doing here?

He replied: And what are you doing here?

He (the king's son) said : I am a Hindik.

He (the wise man) said: I am also a Hindik.

So they both sat together like that for some time, until they got accustomed to each other.

Then the wise man motioned and they threw them shirts, and the wise man the Hindik said to the king's son: You think that a Hinkik can't go with a shirt? It is possible to wear a shirt and still be a Hindik. And they both put on shirts.

And a little while later (the wise man) motioned and they threw them pants, and he (the wise man) told him (the king's son): You think that with pants it isn't possible to be a Hindik? So they put on the pants, and so with all the other clothing.

Afterwords (the wise man) motioned and they threw them regular food from the table, and he (the wise man) said to him (the king's son): You think that by eating good food one stops being a Hindik? It is possible to eat and also be a Hindik. So they ate.

Afterwords he (the wise man) said to him (the king's son): You think that a Hindik has to be specifically under the table? It is possible to be a Hindik and be (sit) next to the table.

And so (the wise man) dealt with him (the king's son) until he healed him completely.

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