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I need your money like a hole in my head

Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 - 12:48 pm

I need your money like a hole in my head – the Charity Box

There are several types of people. The “connector” - I won’t partner right now but I know someone who can. The “benefactor” - I want to be your only donor and cover the whole budget. The “initiator” - “Let's start a movement” - I will give and let us find others who will join. and the “narcissist”- “I worked for my money” - I won’t give and neither should others.

Who owns the money I earned? What does it

 mean when it says ‘Tithe and you will become rich’? (Tithing is a Jewish concept meaning to give 10% of your income, after basic expenses, to charity)

The concept of Charity, in Jewish tradition, is that G-d has a banking industry; He gives us a certain amount of money to be responsible for, enough to support ourselves and our families. Then from the excess, He asks us to distribute to those who need and/or worthy causes.

If we perceive our wealth as a gift from G-d, then like a bank teller although vast sums of money pass through his hands every day, he is well aware that not a penny of this belongs to him; he is merely part of a distribution system which gives out the money to its rightful owners.

So too when we recognize, that everything that we possess comes to us from the hand of G-d, we aren’t doing a favor to the person or organization by giving, we are doing our duty and training ourselves to recognize the source of our blessings.

If G-d sees we are good bankers – He gives us a promotion – tithe and you will become rich. So the charity box is right, it doesn't need our money, we need it! (Need a charity box? reply to this email)

So who of the four people above are the best?

The Mishnah answers that “The One who wants to give but does not want others to give--is begrudging of others. One who wants that others should give but does not want to give--begrudges himself. One who wants that he as well as others should give, is a chassid. One who wants neither himself nor others to give, is wicked.” (Avot 5:13)

Do you want to join the movement and support Chabad? Join the chai club? Do it now

Not Sure what the chai club is? Click Here 
Hope to see you by services and have a great Shabbos!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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