By Rabbi Nissan Telushkin for COLlive and Hasidic Archives
One of the admirers of the righteous Rabbi Yosef of Koidanov (originating from the city of Dzyarzhynsk in Belarus) told me that when Rabbi Yosef was four years old, he was found crying with a piece of bread in his hand.
At that time, a piece of clean, white bread was a commodity during the weekdays and was saved for Shabbos and holidays.
When asked why he was crying, he said that he was hungry and really wanted to eat the bread in his hand.
“So why don’t you eat it?” they asked.
He responded, “Father told me that I should not eat anything for which I have a strong desire.”