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Where does money come from?

Thursday, 2 February, 2012 - 11:49 am

We all work hard. We all try to pay our bills. We all give charity. We all have “unexpected” bills and we all hope to be able to pay them.

There are some people who work really hard and “don’t make it” others don’t work as hard and they “hit the jackpot”. Look for a moment at Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, in the beginning it wasn’t his full time job. It was a side hobby while he was working on other jobs and only later once it grew did he take it on full time. On the other side of the coin we have Kodak that was successful for 131 years and filed for bankruptcy or Circuit city that was the 2nd largest us retailer a few years ago and shuttered its doors after 60 years in business. Note:Facebook has no guarantee it will be around in 60 years.

We also can look at people in our own lives and sometimes look at ourselves. That job I worked so hard to get fell through, and another (better paying one) just fell into my lap. Granted, it doesn’t always end up like this but many times it does.

How does it work? Where does money come from?

We must do our part to try to find the job, to try and get the raise, to apply etc. however “The blessing of the Lord will bring riches, and toil will add nothing to it” Proverbs 10:22. Money comes from Hashem and he will choose how to send it to us, but we must do our part.

We see this training for real life while the Jews were in the desert. They were being prepared for entry into the land of Israel the “real world” where you need to “work for a living”. In the wilderness the Jewish people received their sustenance via the “manna” as “bread from heaven” but they would need to collect it. Teaching them an important lesson, it’s not what you do but that you do something. G-d will decide how and where to send it to you everything you need.

Have a good Shabbos and we should all be blessed withrevealed good in health wealth and happiness.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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