Tripling Our Investments
by Morris Dweck
We often here of how giving ten dollars to
tzedakah will earn you twenty dollars in return. People always make
it seem like it's that simple, God just doubles your money when you
give tzedakah. They treat this mitzvah as if it were magic instead
of grasping the true ideas that the mitzvah contains.
As with every other mitzvah giving tzedakah is designed to
instill in us certain ideas. When we are giving tzedakah we are
supposed to realize that we must give away this money because it is not
truly ours. The concept of Maaser (giving ten percent to the Leveite) was
not one of generosity but of necessity. The people of Israel were obligated
give this ten percent to tzedaka because it was not their money. God allowed
them to keep 90 percent, the other ten percent was never truly theirs. The
mitzvah of tzedakah shares these ideas. Once a person truly realizes that
his possessions aren't his own, they should lose importance in his eyes. He
should realize that money is not a goal but a means. We often get caught up
with material possessions and luxuries but that's not what life is about.
Life isn't about the where and the what it's about the who. The type of
person you are is what you should be worrying about. With this knowledge of
the unimportance of money all of the money that a person does have will
naturally feel like so much more. A person won't need to have that new car,
or that huge house. Hopefully this mitzvah will help us realize the truth
about money and lead us to tripling our investments.