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Are You Waiting to be Asked?

Sunday, 28 July, 2019 - 9:40 pm

 

Question of the Week:

 

My grandfather used to always give beggars on the street a coin, and he would say it is better to give before you are asked. I am now realizing that many of his sayings were actually based on Jewish wisdom, and am researching the sources. Is there something about giving without being asked?

 

Answer:

 

Your grandfather was a mystic, even if he didn't know it.

 

Giving tzedakah is always a good thing to do. But there is an extra power to charity when you give it without being asked. When the giver initiates a donation, it arouses divine kindness from above even more than when you respond to a request to give. 

 

This is illustrated by the fact that G-d's name, the name that denotes divine kindness - Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh י-ה-ו-ה  - is recreated when you give charity. 

 

The coin that is given resembles the Yud ...............................י

The five fingers of your giving hand are the Heh, the fifth letter in the alphabet.......ה

The arm reaching out to give resembles the Vav .................................................ו

And the five fingers of the hand receiving the gift is the final Heh..........................ה

 

This name of G-d is extremely powerful. It is through these four letters that all blessings flow down to the world. When we give charity, we spell out these letters and invite G-d's light into our lives. 

 

But to spell G-d's name correctly, you need to initiate the giving. If you wait for the poor man to stretch out his hand to you, it still generates blessings, but the letters of G-d's name are jumbled, and the reciprocal divine kindness is therefore delayed. 

 

That's why your grandfather didn't wait for the needy to come to him. A proactive giver gets G-d's name the right way up. And that's why he lived such a blessed life. When you give unsolicited gifts, you receive unsolicited blessings from above, way more than you could have asked for. 

 

Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Moss

 

Sources:

Baal Shem Tov al Hatorah Reeh 8

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