[45b bottom] Abaye offered an arab woman some small dates in exchange for a small bag of Tefillin. She became very angered with the measly offer and threw the Tefillin into the river. Abaye was distraught and recognized that he should not have cheapened them so much in her eyes.
Prac-T-cal Tidbits: We should always be careful not to cheapen Mitzvos or Mitzvah-objects before ourselves or others. By holding them in esteem, we will recognize their importance and afford them proper respect and value.