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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.

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