True wealth is not just about material accumulation; it’s about the quality and source of that prosperity. * Divinely blessed wealth transcends laborious effort and brings along peace of mind. * On the Hayom Yom entry for 28 Elul.
When considering the intersection of wealth and spiritual fulfillment, we are guided by the Hayom Yom entry for 28 Elul, which invokes Proverbs 10:22, "G‑d's blessing brings wealth." However, how does one arrive at this wealth, and what does it truly signify?
Rashi states on Proverbs 10:22: "One need not toil to gain wealth, for it is enough with the blessing that He blesses him." Rashi emphasizes the effortless nature of divinely-bestowed prosperity. This is not a wealth that demands relentless labor; rather, it flows naturally from God's blessing.
In a similar vein, Malbim adds: "The wealth that comes through effort is not true wealth; its owner eats the bread of sorrow... But God's blessing brings true wealth, and sorrow does not add to it." Here, Malbim focuses on the qualitative difference between wealth gained through human effort and wealth that comes directly from God's blessing. The latter, he argues, is "true wealth," which comes without the emotional and psychological costs often attached to material success.
What emerges from these commentaries is a composite picture of divinely-bestowed wealth as something effortless and fulfilling, free of the anxieties and struggles that typically accompany financial pursuits. These insights invite us to consider our own perspectives on wealth and success. Are we caught up in the relentless chase for material gains? Or are we open to the idea that true abundance can also come through divine channels?
Drawing from the Hayom Yom we learn that one way to attract this kind of divine blessing is through engagement in community, especially in acts of charity and the strengthening of Judaism. When we invest our energies in enriching our community and our faith, we align ourselves with the divine, opening ourselves up to the kind of effortless, true wealth.
As you navigate your daily responsibilities, consider where your efforts are directed. If you wish for a wealth that transcends mere material accumulation, a wealth that comes with a sense of peace and fulfillment, remember this wisdom. Align your actions with what is spiritually enriching, not just materially rewarding, and you'll find yourself on a path that leads to true prosperity.