Reb Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk
was one of the early Hassidic rebbes,
back in the seventeen-hundreds.
He came to live in the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael).
When he got to Safed (Tzfat) he fasted for forty days,
then he had a celebratory feast.
At the feast someone asked what it was all about.
“Before I left Europe a Sefardic Kabbalist told me
that for a person who is worthy
the land of Israel is paved with diamonds.
When I got here all I saw was dirt and rocks
and I was crushed that I was not worthy.
It wasn’t what I was expecting.
So I fasted for 40 days.
Now when I look around, I see that in Eretz Yisrael
even the rocks and dirt are like precious Jewels.
The feast is to celebrate!”