Rabbi Nachman had a special dish which he used for the Sabbath loaves. It had belonged to his own master, Rabbi Lev of Grenoble, and it occupied a prominent place in his home.

Once, a student of Rabbi Nachman who was admiring the dish let it drop to the floor, where it broke into pieces. The student was so upset he could barely apologize.

“It was so beautiful,” he said, “it was so beautiful.”

Rabbi Nachman replied, “It still is beautiful, only now it’s in pieces.”

“In Pieces” is from The Mind of Genesis, by David Slabotsky. Copyright © 1975 by David Slabotsky. Used by permission of the author.