Another Version Or A Literary Embellishment?
Excerpt from Four Hasidic Masters and Their Struggle against Melancholy by Elie Wiesel:
One day Reb Barukh visited his brother, Reb Ephraim and saw the poverty of his home—he had candlesticks made of clay and not of silver. “Do not be sad,” said Rebbe Ephraim, “the light is the same.” Shortly afterward, Reb Barukh offered his brother a set of silver candlesticks. But when he came to visit him again, they were not to be seen.
“Where are they?” he wanted to know.”
“At the pawnbroker’s,” said Reb Ephraim, “I needed money.”
“And it doesn’t bother you?” asked Reb Barukh.
“No,” said his brother. “I’ll tell you why. I prefer to be at home and have my silverware elsewhere—than the other way around.”
A hint of criticism? Maybe, though it would seem out of character. Reb Ephraim, the elder brother, was a gentle, sweet, unassuming man who never offended anyone—and would never have sought to pain his brother. So humble was Reb Ephraim that in his important book, Degel machnei ephraim, he is content with quoting the Besht and his immediate disciples and almost never speaks on his own behalf. Still, Reb Barukh must have envied him, for he once remarked: “I have not written a book—thank G-d for that.”
Compare this with a different version of the story here.