Jewish merchant treats a poor old man with rudeness and disdain as they
travel together on a train. When they arrive at their common
destination, the merchant finds the station thronged with pious Jews waiting
in ecstatic joy to greet the arrival of one of the holiest rabbis in Europe,
and learns to his chagrin that the old man in his compartment is that saintly
at his disgraceful behavior and distrught that he missed a golden opportunity
to speak in privacy to a wise and holy man, the merchant pushes his way
through the crowd to find the old man. When he reaches him, he begs
the rabbi's forgiveness and requests his blessing.
old rabbi looks at him and replies, "I cannot forgive you. To receive forgiveness
you must go out and beg it from every poor old person in the world."