“A rhapsody, a tapestry”

 
When one meditates on a thought for a sustained period of time, beyond the moment in which it arose in one's mind, it becomes tangible and real. 

That passing idea then becomes a meaningful thought that can build a complete structure.
 
Concentration and memory are like a song repeating its refrain within the words of prayer. 

If a person has a fleeting thought of love or fear of God, and he takes that thought and sings it, repeats it again and again until he makes it a rhapsody, a tapestry, then he has turned an initial spark into a fervent flame. 

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
 
From The Thirteen Petalled Rose by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

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