The Secret To Wealth
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The Secret To Wealth
There is a principle that
according to the amount of money we give is how much we earn.[1]
If we earn 10,000$ and give 1,000$ to Maaser, the next year Hashem may give us
15,000$. If we then give 1,700$ to Tzedaka, we may now receive 17,000$.
However, if we cut back and now give 1,700$ (proportionately less), then Hashem
may do the same to us.[2]
This is in accordance with מדה כנגד מדה; measure for measure.[3]
It could turn out the amount of Maaser one originally gave (1,000$) is now his
salary. This is one explanation in ואיש את
קדשיו לו יהיו-[4]
the amount of money that he gave to Maaser (קדשיו) may now be his salary (לו יהיה).
The Pasuk states עשר תעשר;
[5]you shall tithe. עשר תעשר literally translates into Tithe (עשר) the letters of תעשר. What do we get when we do this? The numerical value of ת is 400. 1/10 of that is 40 which is equivalent to the letter מ. Next is ע which is 70. 1/10 of 70 is 7, which is the
numerical value of ז. Following that is ש which is 300. 1/10 of 300 is 30, the Gematria of ל. Lastly, ר is 200. 1/10 is 20, the same as כ. So, our result is the word מזלך; Your Mazel.[6]
This hints to that the amount of money you give is how much you will receive in
return.[7]
Looking at the word נתן; to give, we notice it is a palindrome (whether it is spelled
forwards or backwards, it spells נתן). This alludes to that
what you give to Tzedaka you receive in return.[8]
Another hint to this is found in the word ממון; money, as the hidden
letters are the same as the revealed letters. That is to say, מ spelled out is ממ. ו is וו and נ is נן.[9]
R’ Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
[1] See Sefer Hachinuch 480. In this fashion, we can
explain יש מפזר ונוסף
עוד (Mishlei
11:24)- there is one who gives money and gets more. Money spent on doing
Hashem’s will brings additional wealth.
[2] See Taanis 9a, Tosafos. Hashem may try us with a
little to see what we would do with a lot.
[3] The Baal Shem Tov
would remark on ה' צלך; Hashem is your
shadow (Tehillim 121:5), that just as a shadow does what the person is doing,
so too Hashem acts in accordance to the way we act. This is just as Chazal
(Shabbos 151b) say that one who is compassionate to Hashem’s creatures is shown
compassion by heaven (Kedushas Levi, Beshalach, s.v. והנה ידוע).
[4] Bamidbar 5:10. See Rashi there. Parenthetically, the
Maharal (Nesivos Olam, Nesiv Hatzedaka) says the
two levels of צדקה - giving a 1/10
and 1/5- are alluded to in the word צדקה. 1/10 of ק (100) is 90,
the numerical value of צ. 1/5 of ה (5) is 4, the Gematria of ד.
ק |
ה |
צ |
ד |
[5] Devarim 14:22
[7] For this reason, the word צדקה in
the system ofא"ת ב"ש (Shabbos 104a. In this system, the letterא is exchanged for a ת, ב for
a ש and
so on.) results in the same letters (צדקה)- See the Chida in Midbar
Kedaimos.
[8] See Baal Haturim to Shemos 30:12. Also, Shemos Rabba
36:3.
[9] The Tiferes Shlomo (Succos,
s.v. כי אם) explains איש כמתנת ידו כברכת ה' אלה-יך אשר נתן לך
(Devarim 16:17) that when one gives Tzedaka (כמתנת ידו), he should have the same Simcha just as when he received the
Bracha (כברכת ה' אלה-יך אשר נתן לך).
[10] Breishis 13:9. The simple meaning is that Avraham
said to Lot if you go left, then I will
go right and if you go right, then I will go left.
[11] In this way, the Sifsei Tzadikim explains בשמאולה עשר; at
its left, wealth (Mishlei 3:16): if you put the dot on the left meaning you
give Maaser, then עושר; wealth comes.