Studying Sha’ar HaBitachon, Rabbeinu Bachaya’s “Gate of Trust” ~ the Timeless Torah Book that can teach US ALL How to Live with Certainty and Discover Tranquility!
Chapter Four, Part Seventeen: “QUEST FOR HONOR”
The author has already framed wealth as a Divinely Designed Test of Faith that many fail, due to their misguided sense of realities. He will now contrast them with those wiser. By avoiding these errors of judgement, their conduct is appropriate.
The spiritually intelligent successfully develop their Trust in Hashem to the point that they place greater stock in Hashem assurances than the stocks, savings or assets they already possess!
This naturally segues into the next mistaken motivation to amass money: The anatomy of this different form of misguided pursuit of wealth is an insatiable craving and voracious appetite for honour!
Far too many make this terrible mistake. Think that more money will bring an increase of dignity, yet in truth the riches merely afford them flattery, and never the authentic respect they covet.
Good Deeds and many Mitzvot not material plenitude, bring one true esteem from others. Ultimately, only those Deserving of G-d’s Honour are truly honoured. This is true in both this world and the next!
This Episode is sponsored by Betty Fluss to commemorate her father’s Yahrtzeit – Zvi Hersh Ben Yecheskel. It comprises the Seventeenth segment of the Fourth Chapter of “The Gate of Trust,” and is the 91st consecutive video of the series.
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