Rod and Staff
Next we hear about R' Dovid Rappaport zt'l hy'd, the Mikdash Dovid. Once, when R' Boruch Ber Leibowitz had come all the way from Kaminetz to a wedding in Baranowitz, in the middle of the simcha he was told that R' Dovid was just then entering the hall. R' Boruch Ber jumped out of his seat, trembling, and drew himself up straight and tall to greet the guest. Seeing everyone's astonished looks, he said simply, "Seder Kodshim just walked in!"
R' David always prepared his shiur while walking slowly up and down the streets of Baranowitz, totally enwrapped in his thoughts. When his talmidim discussed the day's shiur afterwards, you would hear them saying, "This part the Rav must have worked out on Sdobska Street, this bit would have fallen into place on Poscztova Street." If anyone asked R' Dovid if the passersby didn't disturb him, he would answer, "The Jews of Baranowitz couldn't possibly disturb a person's Torah study!"
As he walked around the town, R' Dovid would constantly tap the ground with his cane, now to the left, now to the right. "We used to say that when he tapped on the right-hand side he had found a ra'ayah in the Bavli, and when he tapped on the left he had thought of a pircha to it from the Yerushalmi."