One day in the synagogue, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev seemed to be observing
a group of his Hasidim as they prayed. When they were finished, he approached
them with a hearty greeting, "Shalom aleichem!"
They looked startled to hear their rabbi pronounce the greeting traditionally
given after returning from a long journey. "But Rabbi," they said,
"we have not been anywhere!"
The rabbi continued to shake hands with them, as though they were travellers
arriving in Berditchev. He said, "From your faces it was obvious that your
thoughts were in the grain market in Odessa or the woolen market in Lodz. None
of you were actually here while you recited the prayers, so I was glad to welcome
you back once you stopped."
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