Sunday, May 3, 2009

by Yossi Eituv

There's no getting around the fact that the economic situation is frightening. No one knows what the next day will bring. The world is reeling. But there are years of famine and years of plenty. There's a saying of the Tzemach Tzedek:
"Think good and it will be good."
This isn't just a way to boost morale, it's a solution. When a Jew ignores the financial catastrophes around him and casts his problems on Hashem out of complete faith that He'll lavish goodness upon him, then, measure for measure, he breaks through all natural barriers and draws down from Above a special effulgence that bypasses the laws of nature.
To all those friends I reiterate: Don't despair. You have to be happy, 'ki v'simcha teitzeiu,' because that's how you'll get out of tzuris. Things come full circle in the world. Sometimes you have to go through years of famine and sometimes not. Everyone has to strenghthen his faith and trust and to know that He who gives bread to all flesh is the One Who gives and will give. He's the one responsible for our livelihood.

When you ask me what to say to someone who has lost all his money, I ask you what to say to a Jew who has lost all his children. Now there's a person who's really being tested.