During a holiday, students at the Lakewood Yeshiva were elated at the words of Rabbi Aharon Kotler, the Rosh Yeshiva, who had just delivered an inspiring holiday lecture.
At the end of his talk, the students began to sing a tune to the words from King David's Psalms, "Were it not for Thy Torah being my delight, I would have succumbed to my poverty..."
Rabbi Kotler interrupted the singing, and said with great joy:
"King David was tremendously wealthy. Yet except for the enduring possession of Torah, King David was drowning in a sea of poverty!"
(Rabbi Shaul Kagan - Jewish Observer 5/73; cited in Rabbi
Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," p.97)
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