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.”