Once some disciples of the Baal Shem Tov approached him and asked: "Why do you answer all questions by telling a story? Why do you always tell stories?"
The disciples then steeled themselves, certain that, true to the tradition, the Baal Shem Tov would necessarily answer such questions about story with a story.
But the Besht, as he was known, sighed and took a moment to respond. After a loving, lingering pause, he said: "Salvation lies in remembrance."