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IN MEMORY OF
LEAH BAT STELLA A'H
BY HER CHILDREN
DAVID AND SALLY WAHBA
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Business was tough to come by and profit was an almost forgotten term. Measures were taken to trim the fat and buckle down to perform lean and mean in a depressed market. Still the outlook was not bright. One morning Abe proposed a new idea to his partner David.
“I don’t know how honest that is”, David said.
“Listen”, Abe retorted angrily, “we have to do what we have to do. In today’s market survival is the only priority”.
“I could not disagree more”, David responded with renewed vigor as his adrenaline started to pump. “We are taught that
כל מזונותיו של אדם קצובים לו מראש השנה ועד יום הכפורים חוץ מהוצאת שבתות והוצאת יום טוב והוצאת בניו לתלמוד תורה שאם פחת פוחתין לו ואם הוסיף מוסיפין לו
‘All of a persons sustenance is determined and fixed between Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur excluding expenses for Holy Days and educating our children’
We are expected to do business honestly and depend on Hashem to provide for us. No one can take that which does to belong to him. “Rosh Hashanah 16a
“But listen my friend- you see the guys who do what I am proposing are making money that we so sorely need to drive our business”, Abe pointed out.
“It may look that way", said David , "but we have to believe in our Sages and follow our Torah. It’s the straight way or no way. Besides the other way does not produce profits. It may appear that way at first glance but not one penny is made on the bottom line if it is not in the sum total fixed in the ten days between Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur.
This conversation and many variations of it are taking place in many offices all over the globe. David is the one who is definitely correct. It may be hard to see and even more difficult to believe – but it is the real way things work.
We are all working for a fixed annual income. So the straight way is the only way.
A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A lazy person will find all kinds of excuses not to act with alacrity to perform Hashem’s commandments – even unreasonable ones like “I can’t go out - there might be a snake in the street”. Mesillat Yesharim, Chapter 6
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