Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The important moments...
Pilgrims visiting Poland at the beginning of the twentieth century were often told to stop and see the saintly Rabbi Israel Kagan-more commonly known as the "Chafetz Chaim." Two pilgrims were surprised to see the rabbi lived in a simple, book-lined room, in which the only pieces of furniture were a table, a bench, and a bed.
"Rabbi, where's all your furniture?" the pilgrims asked. "Why, where's yours?" asked the rabbi in reply. "Ours? But we're just passing through," they said. "So am I," said the rabbi, "so am I."
So are we all. May we not miss the important moments and people in our lives because they do not measure up to some heavenly expectation.