Thank you for your column. I have a question regarding wealth. I grew up in a home of modest means. I was always taught that wealth can be distractive. And yet, in a recent class I learned about the fabulous wealth that went into the building of the Holy Temple. Wouldnt G-d be more impressed with simplicity?
Mindy (via e-mail)
Thank you for your letter. You ask a very good question. Allow us to answer with a story about pebbles from Heaven.
Some years ago, a rich Israeli businessman we will call him Uri was on the top of the world. He was a multi-millionaire, touring the globe, enjoying the best hotels, restaurants, cars and anything that money could buy. He was a self-made-man who loved his creator (i.e. himself). He was arrogant, cold, tough and boastful. But a number of years ago, like many others, he made major investment mistakes, and began to lose his fortune. In mere months, every penny he had saved and slaved for, was gone. He was now a pauper. And after he liquidated all his assets and sold his house to pay his debts, he still owed 17,000 shekels to the Israeli Revenue Service.
He decided to ask an old friend for a loan. He went up to his friends office at the 49th floor of the Azrieli center in Tel Aviv. His friend gave him 17,000 shekels, and Uri left the office.
After he left the office, he decided to walk around and have a look. After a few minutes of strolling, he noticed a set of stairs leading up to a large metal door, which he ascended. As he opened the door, a cold autumn wind blew into his face. It was the door leading to the roof. Why not? he thought to himself as he went out.
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