I've read and heard many times a parable about a poor man who visits an island where the roads are paved with diamonds and/or jewels. Over time, however, he starts amassing what's valuable there - potatoes/onions/apples/shells/schmaltz/fish. The nimshal is the soul, which comes to this world to collect mitzvos, but focuses on money instead.
I've heard that the Chafetz Chaim came up with this parable.
- Is that true? If not, who was the real author?
- What was the worthless item (symbolizing material wealth) in the original version?