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A man hoping to find wisdom traveled to Poland to see the renowned Rabbi Hafez Hayyim. When he arrived at the celebrated rabbi’s house, he was surprised to see that it was nothing more than a room. There, the rabbi sat on a bench at a small table surrounded only by the numerous volumes of books he continually pored over in study.

The seeker asked, “Good Rabbi, where are all your belongings? Where are your furnishings?”

Hafez answered, “Tell me, where are yours?”

“Where are mine?” said the startled man. “But I only came here for a short visit.”

“So did I,” the rabbi said.

(Traditional Chassidic Jewish story )

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