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When the landlord heard this he was struck by a great sense of shame. His face flushed and he looked at Rav Eliezer-Lippa and said, “You are right. I have certainly not behaved properly and your words have convinced me to change my ways. From now on I will not do this thing anymore and as proof of my sincerity I will do this.

“The money that you gave me for the release of the prisoner I will count toward the price of the merchandise. And let us hope that we can do business in the future also and that you will have satisfaction from me.”

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This was how a great rav was willing to sacrifice money for principle, and it proves that the average person will respect him all the more for it.

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