The Challenge of Wealth

Let’s take a look at wealth. The Rebbe writes “There is nothing wrong with wealth per se, as long as we take the necessary steps to ensure that we retain the proper perspective. We should answer the challenge of wealth by striving all the more to refine our human-animal natures, taking care not to indulge in excess mundane gratification – material or cultural. We can then refine the world, as well, by shining the light of the Torah outward,1 using the blessings of wealth for their intended purposes: to support and further the study of the Torah and the dissemination of Judaism.2

If we encounter someone who has “gotten fat and kicked,” we should not give up hope, since even the most disinterested Jew remains a Jew at heart, and the light of truth will penetrate even the hardest barrier.3 Sefer HaMa’amarim 5700, p. 158. 2. Sefer HaSichot 5702, p. 149.  3.Sefer HaSichot 5701, p. 83.

G‑d then told Moses to inform the Jewish people how G‑d would provide them with material bounty in the Land of Israel. But G‑d also cautioned them that should they overindulge in this wealth, it would cause them to rebel against Him.

[Moses said,] “The [formerly] upright people became fat and kicked.” Deuteronomy 32:15

Maintaining Focus

How do we construct a Tabernacle? By studying Torah and thus G-d will have HIS dwelling place. The hardest part is to have G-d’s word on my heart. This means I must learn to live, act and do G-d’s word on a daily basis.

How many times do fail or fall short? Everyday! I strive to reach the goal.  G-d is looking at is my heart. Is my heart and motives right? I sure hope so and this is why I ask HaShem to guide me every day and give me correction.

This is done through my teacher Pastor Steve Gray World Revival Church.

G‑d told Moses to encourage the Jewish people to remember their history, recalling how G‑d chose them to be His people, gave them the Torah, and shepherded them through the desert on the way from Egypt to the Land of Israel.

[Moses said,] “[G‑d] made [the Jewish people] surround Him [by commanding them to camp around the Tabernacle].” Deuteronomy 32:1

By studying the Torah regularly, we construct a “Tabernacle,” i.e., a dwelling for G‑d, in our personal lives. By commanding the Jewish people to encamp around the Tabernacle, G‑d teaches us that we should center our lives around this inner sanctuary. The innermost point of the Tabernacle was the Ark, which housed the Tablets of the Covenant, i.e., the Torah. When the Torah is the focal point around which our lives revolve, it can positively affect all facets of our lives, as it is meant to. Furthermore, once the Torah is illuminating and influencing our lives as it is meant to, its influence can spread still further outward, enlightening and refining all humanity and the entire world.1 Hitva’aduyot 5744, vol. 4, pp. 2649–2650.

Heaven on Earth

We are to bring heaven to earth. This is done when we live for G-d not for ourselves. My teacher Pastor Steve Gray World Revival Church calls this dying to self. This is a must when I called to G-d to bring heaven down to earth.

This is not a choice. It is a commandment from G-d given to us at Mount Sinai.

G‑d called upon both heaven and earth to bear witness to the message He was about to deliver to the Jewish people.

                [G‑d said,] “Listen, O heaven . . . Hear, O earth.” Deuteronomy 32:1

G‑d addressed both heaven and earth in order to teach us that we are called upon to harmonize the two. The Torah originates in heaven and consists of G‑d’s vision for the perfection of the world. By spreading the knowledge of the Torah to ourselves and to others, we are bringing heaven down to earth. By reshaping both our own lives and the lives of others in accordance with the Torah’s teachings, we are bringing life on earth up to heaven. When we have made life into “heaven on earth” – reconciling the division between the two – heaven and earth testify how we have fulfilled our mission in life.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 9, pp. 213–214.

Being United with Torah

When I write down G-d’s word it becomes implanted in my heart. It is amazing how the act of writing down what is right about me and wrong about has such power to start the transformation of my life. The powerful act of writing down the word of G-d and then take stock of my life changes my entire outlook on how I see myself and then the world.

Moses then instructed the Levites to place the Torah scroll that he would soon write in the Ark of the Covenant, together with the Tablets of the Covenant that he received at Mount Sinai.

[Moses told the Levites,] “Take this Torah scroll and place it alongside [the Tablets of Testimony].” Deuteronomy 31:26

Thus, the Ark in the Tabernacle contained the Torah both engraved in stone and written on parchment. The difference between engraved and written letters is that the engraved letters are part and parcel of the stone, whereas written letters are not part of the parchment but added to it. Thus, engraved letters express our intrinsic connection to the Torah, whereas written letters allude to how we preserve our connection to the Torah even during our mundane lives, when we think of ourselves as being separate from the Torah.

The presence of both the engraved Torah and the inscribed Torah within the Ark indicates that we must first experience our intrinsic connection with the Torah and then carry that experience with us into our mundane lives.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 2, pp. 407–408.

The Purpose of Effort

G-d wants to shower us with many gifts yet we must earn them. This means we must do our part by doing G-d’s mitzvahs. When we do this by tapping into G-d’s divine power we change the world and thus G-d’s glory will come to earth.

When we overcome obstacles to bring about the kingdom of G-d we earn the goodness of G-d and all of his blessings.

By doing my part I will feel not ashamed instead I will become a partner with G-d to bring about G-d’s full glory through Yeshua the Jewish Messiah. The only way this can happen is when I die to self and put G-d’s needs, wants, and desires ahead of my own.

I am to learning to live for G-d not for myself to paraphrase my teacher Pastor Steve Gray of World Revival Church, Kansas City.

G‑d then addressed Joshua from the cloud at the entrance to the Tabernacle, charging him with the mission of leading the Jewish people into the Land of Israel.

[G‑d told Joshua,] “Be strong and courageous! For you will bring the Jewish people to the land that I have sworn [to give] them.” Deuteronomy 31:23

We are taught that had Moses led the Jewish people into the Land of Israel, its conquest would have been virtually effortless. The intensity of Moses’ holiness would have neutralized any opposition. The same would have been true of our “conquest” of the world’s materiality: Moses’ entry into the Land of Israel would have made our task of elevating and refining the world virtually effortless.

This is the inner reason why G‑d did not allow Moses into the Promised Land. G‑d wants to shower us with infinite goodness. But were He to do so freely, without requiring us to “earn” it, we would feel ashamed. Thus, His desire to be good to us would backfire. Therefore, G‑d made the bestowal of His infinite goodness dependent upon our efforts. When we summon our hidden potential in order to overcome obstacles to the Divine mission of perfecting the world, we earn G‑d’s infinite goodness.1 Hitva’aduyot 5711, vol. 1, pp. 20–22.

Interpreting Evil

This  is hard wisdom to learn. When I point out the faults of my fellows I must earn to see the three fingers pointing back at me screaming “Hey fool this is you too.”

It is hard to to look at one self and take an honest inventory of my faults and assets. Yet life’s circumstances forced me to become brutally honest with myself and learn to take a real assessment of my faults and assets. For if I don’t I will surely die. I don’t not want to go back to that life.

G‑d then summoned Moses to the entrance to the Tabernacle. G‑d spoke to him from a pillar of cloud that appeared over the Tabernacle’s entrance, informing him that He was going to dictate a poem to him that he should teach the Jewish people. The purpose of the poem was to inspire the Jewish people to remain loyal to G‑d throughout any misfortunes that might befall them as a result of their misdeeds.

[G‑d told Moses that the Jews would say during their misfortunes,] “Is it not because our G‑d is no longer among us that these evils have befallen us?” Deuteronomy 31:17

We are naturally disposed to overlook our own faults – or, if we do acknowledge them, to rationalize them. This verse teaches us that in order to show us our own faults, G‑d shows them to us in other people. “Because my G‑d is not within me,” i.e., “because I am not spiritually mature enough to be sensitive to my own shortcomings” – “this evil has befallen me,” i.e., “I have been forced to see my own evil reflected in my fellow Jew.”

Therefore, rather than focusing on others’ faults, we should try to focus on their virtues and excuse their shortcomings. Not only should we focus on others’ virtues in our own minds; we should praise them for their virtues, and praise them to other people. In this way, we foster mutual love and respect.

Just we are encouraged to inspire those around us to love G‑d, so are we encouraged to inspire those around us to love every Jew, for loving our fellow Jew leads us to love G‑d.1 Sefer HaSichot 5705, p. 92.

How to seek inspiration in the Torah

Our teachers have a key role in teaching us about G-d’s word. Without my teacher Pastor Steve Gray World Revival Church the glorious word of G-d would have not opened up before my eyes and showed how me to live on daily basis doing G-d’s word.

One must have a real live teacher or as Pastor Steve Grays says a manager so that we can keep to the plan of what G-d has promised us if we do HIS word or better yet manage G-d’s word for us.

Without my teacher Pastor Steve Gray I would be lost.

Thank G-d for my teacher Pastor Steve Gray.

“Moses then summoned Joshua and appointed him as his successor in the presence of the entire Jewish people.

Moses summoned Joshua and said to him . . . “You must come with this people into the land that G‑d swore to their forefathers.” Deuteronomy 31:7

G‑d’s Torah and His commandments are eternal and unchanging, but the way they must be made relevant and applied in each generation changes as time progresses. In order to ensure that we live life in accordance with G‑d’s wishes, G‑d Himself has authorized the rabbinic leaders of each generation to apply the Torah’s teachings to the unique circumstances of their generation.

Therefore, when today’s rabbinic authorities apply the Torah’s teachings in innovative ways, we cannot try to live in the past, complaining that the leadership of previous generations did not see the need for such innovations. On the contrary: only by reading the Torah through the eyes of our “Joshua” – today’s Moses – can we be certain that the Torah will provide us with the inspiration to fulfill our Divine mission and live our lives to the fullest.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 19, p. 314.

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