originally posted Feb. 15, 2014
See R Zelig Pliskin Gateway to Happiness p. 185
R Yisro'el Salanter [RYS] once came to Kovna and found a Torah student bedridden due to illness. RYS asked the people who prayed in the young man's synagogue, "Why aren't you taking better care of him?"
They replied: "Our community doesn't have any money."
RYS screamed at them, "You should have sold the fancy cover on the Ark... and used the money to help this person!"
Where is our money best spent?