A chicken farmer once approached Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (16th century) and asked to be admitted into his (Kabbalah) school. The rabbi gazed into the windows of his soul and said: “I see that you are a good candidate, except for one minor flaw which you must first rectify.”
The farmer spent the next several days trying desperately to figure out what the flaw might be.
Finally, he returned to the sage and asked for a clue. Rabbi Yitzchak asked him what he did for a living. “I raise chickens,” the farmer replied. “And what,” asked the rabbi, “is the very first thing that you do in the morning upon awakening?” The farmer said: “I taste neither food nor drink but go directly to the synagogue to worship God.”
The rabbi said: “Therein lies the flaw. Because the very first thing that you should be doing in the morning is not praying to God but feeding your chickens.”