If you want to raise a person from mud and filth do not think it is enough to keep standing on top and reaching a helping hand down to the person. You must go all the way down yourself down into the mud and filth. Then take hold of the person with strong hands and pull the person and yourself out into the light.
Suggested Discussion Questions:
What is Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin’s perspective on service? What do you think about the one-way nature of service as he sees it?
Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)