In the town of Berdichev, where the famous Rabbi Levi Yitzhak lived, there was a very poor shoemaker. As he had no money, he was forced to walk the streets looking for people who needed their shoes fixed. It happened one day that Rabbi Levi Yitzhak was standing at the doorway of his house when the shoemaker passed by. The shoemaker cried out desperately, “Rabbi, surely you have something that needs fixing?!”

Upon hearing these words, Rabbi Levi Yitzhak began to cry. He turned to his wife who was standing near by and said, “You see, even he can tell that I need to fix myself.” Rabbi Levi Yitzhak was so connected to self renewal through self examination that he was able to hear how each life encounter was a gateway to change and growth