A foreign traveller came to the house of the famous Polish rabbi Hafez Hayyim. He was astonished to see that the rabbi’s home was only a simple room filled with books. The only furniture was a table and a bench.
“Rabbi, where is your furniture,” asked the visitor.
“Where is yours?” replied Hafez.
“Mine? But I am only a visitor here.”
“So am I,” said the rabbi.
source: Kornfield, J. & Feldman, C. (eds.) (1991). Soul food: stories to nourish the soul and the heart. HarperCollins, p. 325. image: Portrait of Rabbi Chofetz Chaim by Youlia.