Master Seisetsu was on a fund-raising mission for his temple when a merchant came and brought 500 yen. The master received the money, but without saying thanks. After a bit the merchant said, “500 yen is a lot of money, and yet you have no words of appreciation?”
Immediately the master said, “You’re the one who has done a good thing. Why must I thank you?”
With that the merchant understood what the highest good is.
Now listen up class, I’m only going to tell you this once.
I’ve made a huge mistake…
After Rabbi Moshe of Kobryn died, the Rabbi of Kotzk asked a disciple of the deceased what had been the most important things in the Rabbi’s life. “Whatever he was engaged in at the moment,” the disciple replied.