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(1) Anonymous, May 21, 2012 10:59 PM

Wonderful story

When a very large lottery prize was announced, people asked me what I would have done had I even participated and won all that money. "First, I would give my shul the money they need to pay off the mortgage, then I would pay off my mortgage. I'd create an endowment that would provide local food banks with GOOD foods, and another to make certain that a religious school I'm fond of would never have to worry about money and... " With that, my friend interrupted me. Your van is old enough to be a bar mitzvah, you live in a modest house, you need new teeth...what about YOU? Looking at my friend as though he's lost his mind I reminded him that what "I" needed was insignificant compared to what good the money could do. I'd consider myself after I had done if I had won...which I hadn't, so the entire conversation was moot. What a shame that eternal values are ignored in favor for temporary "toys" and conveniences. Sure, I'd love to replace the teeth I lost during a series of grand mal seizures. My van is just wonderful the way it is, not a single rattle or squeak; I like it. My home? Perfect the way it is and where it is. But to just imagine the joy of being able to pay off my shul's mortgage? Pardon my thinking; I think that money should provide joy for others, not just for an individual. After all, we're COMMANDED to love Hashem with all of our hearts, souls and RESOURCES. Yeah...that's the ticket even if it is imaginary.

 

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