the walk of balance between the extremes

Rabbi Uri of Strelisk (eighteenth century) was traveling by coach with several of his disciples when suddenly the horses came to an abrupt halt, and the driver spotted a bear coming toward them.

Rabbi Uri stepped down from the wagon and walked straight toward the bear and stared into her eyes. The bear stopped, stared back for a while, and then walked off into the woods.

When the disciples proclaimed the incident a miracle, Rabbi Uri said to them: “It is no miracle. Rather, anyone who walks the walk of balance between the extremes has no cause to be afraid of the bear. For the bear walks the walk of balance between the extremes: between abundance and scarcity, and between gluttony and abstention.”

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