As a kindness, a community
member called me to ask me if I needed someone to cook meals for me and my
children this Sabbath. I explained that I was already taken care of and thanked
her profusely for her concern. Hearing on the other end of the phone that she
sighed, I asked her if everything is alright. She explained that the food
was already prepared. So I suggested sending it to another community member
whom I felt could really use it. She sounded happy with the solution and
we hung up.
None of this in itself was strange. That's just the normative
kindness that goes around my community, which I certainly don't take for
granted. What was strange to me was something else. The whole time we spoke, I
smelled the food. Then it faded when we hung up. How did that happen? Any
Our sages teach in "Chapters of the Fathers" that the definition of a wealthy person is one who is happy with his/her lot.
Today a novel approach to this teaching dawned on me. It was based on a Rebbe Nachman story about a pauper who suddenly found a gem.
Why is someone a pauper or lacking? Possibly because his or her lot has not yet been fully manifest. Quite possibly abundance is the person's real lot. It just hasn't yet been fully manifest. In that case, true happiness with each step by step manifestation can download more and more of one's lot until s/he's wealthy. So happiness with one's lot can literally bring to wealth.
Approximately, 29 - 30 years ago I used to attend classes in what later became known as, "The Kabbalah Centre". I remember a very special lady named Chaya who worked there.
She told me a story that really resonated. Once someone asked her to teach "Practical Kabbalah", i.e. Kabbalah's parallel to sorcery. She responded, "Study the 'Code of Jewish Law'. It's all 'Practical Kabbalah! "
What she meant was that by living according to the Torah one creates the "vessels" designed to receive those wonderful "lights" Kabbalah teaches us about; as well as all the blessings in life that they bring along.