There was a Chassid who, whenever he was approached with the request for a donation for charity, would stick his hand into his pocket and take out a few coins; then, with a hastily mumbled “just a minute…,” he would again dig into his pocket and come up with another few coins.
Someone who noticed his custom once asked him: “Why do you always give in two installments? Could you not take out the full sum you want to give at once?”
Replied the Chassid: “Every act of charity is a victory over our selfish natures. I just can’t resist the opportunity to score two such victories for the price of one!”
Adapted from the teachings of the Rebbe by Yanki Tauber