Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Move Out of My Way, You Scoundrel!

  When Rabbi Naftali of Ropschitz was a youngster, he tried to begin his service of God by rising early in the day. One icy morning, as he attempted to get out of bed to study and pray, the Evil Inclination accosted him: "It's cold outside and it's still early; why not stay in bed for just a few more minutes?"
  The young Naftali answered sharply, "Move out of my way, you scoundrel! You're up already, hard at work to entice me. Why shouldn't I also get up to do my work?"