Sometimes I wonder how being very wealthy feels.
And what I really want to know is what rich people think about us, the “regulars.”
Do they feel that because they have so much wealth, they must be better than everyone else?
Do they feel we are somehow less significant and deserving than them?
Basically, is it true that money corrupts?
If you are very wealthy, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter (oh, and I also love to tell you about our Chabad in Hackensack!).
Personally, I’ve seen more than one wealthy individual who conducted themselves very humbly. Despite their great wealth, they treat others with the utmost respect and never gave a vibe of “I am better than you.”
Those individuals must have learned this week’s Parsha!
Because while the weekly Parsha doesn’t directly discuss the matter of wealth and humbleness, it does discuss what Jews are supposed to do when faced with danger.
And here is G-d instruction:
“If you go to war in your land against an adversary that oppresses you, you shall blow a teruah with the trumpets and be remembered before the L-rd your G-d, and thus be saved from your enemies.”
Imagine the scenario.
The Israelites are preparing for war. But in addition to the military exercises, they declare a day of prayer to G-d, imploring him to make them victorious.
And then, the Kohanim blow their trumpets. The slow, bright sounds are intended to have the same impact as the Shofar on Rosh Hashana. Reminding the people to return to G-d wholeheartedly.
Surprisingly, they will blow the trumpets again after being successful in the battle!
What is the purpose of this second trumpet-blowing?
It was a reminder to the Jewish people to simply stay the same.
Yes, success feels terrific. But we must maintain our humility. We must remember our awareness of G-d, how deeply we knew that we need G-d’s help, and keep it going even in times of triumphs.
Please G-d: bless us all with abundance in all areas of our lives, physically and spiritually. And may we remember to say “thank you” with the same feelings we said “please.”