Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Prayer or Money?

   by Reb Gutman Locks  


Raphael Asked:

    Gutman, how can I attain a high level of success in the material world if I am devoting my time to spirituality?

    If I had a purpose in this world would it not be to change the very things that Hashem has blessed me to see? How is spending time idle (praying) beneficial for society when there is a strong need for people to take action on a day to day basis?

     This idle time adds up, and time spent praying can be devoted to making an impact rather than praying for something to happen.

    What is your take on this?

Best regards,



Gutman's reply;

     The Jews who went down into Egypt asked the same question. They felt that their purpose of being in Egypt was to make a living, and they devoted themselves entirely to that goal. They became slaves of the very money they were earning!   

     This is true of all of the Jews who went down except for the tribe of Levi. The tribe of Levi went into the same place, and also had to work to make a living, but they went with Torah and Mitzvahs being their goal, and not the money. As a result, they did not become enslaved.

     When you go to work for money, and that is your goal, you will never be satisfied. This is the slavery of Egypt. When you make a million, you want two. When you make two, you want three. There is no end to the thing.

     But when you go into Egypt to make money, that very same money, but to be able to do mitzvahs, that very job becomes holy work, and you do not become enslaved.

     As for prayer, it is far from waste of time. Prayer goes out and it goes in. Our prayers help the ones we pray for, and they help us, too. When we pray for others to find their needs quickly, we find our needs fulfilled even faster.

     Studies show that Jews who daven in a minyan live longer than Jews who daven alone. Prayer is not a waste of time. It is a tool Hashem has given us to help us accomplish our purpose in being here.

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