Saturday, September 17, 2011

When do we say, 'Gd will provide'?


"In truth, when we inquire of a person about his conduct in his household spending, in which he acts as though he was wealthy and great beyond his means, his answer is ready to hand. He says that he cannot reduce his household needs one iota, and he trusts Gd to help him with this.

"However, when a matter of tzedakah and chesed comes before him, he toughens his heart and closes his hand and makes himself out to be needy and indigent, and he does not even give according to his means.

"Regarding this Mishlei 13:7 says, 'There is one who acts as though he is wealthy and he has nothing, and one who acts as though he is poor and he has great wealth.'"

(Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (Chafetz Chaim), Ahavat Chesed, Afterword)

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