Rav Berland’s Advice on: Money
Continuing our translation of Etzot HaNachal, a compendium of practical advice from Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita, based on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.
Having a lust for money is the biggest curse that exists.
- A person experiences their lust for money 24 hours a day – which is not something that you have with the other lusts.
It’s assur (forbidden) to save money at the expense of the mitzvoth.
- When you try to find a way to do a mitzvah on the cheap, and to save money at its expense, this brings a spirit of tumah (spiritual impurity) down upon you.
- When a person tries to do a mitzvah without spending any money on it, because he doesn’t want to lose the money, this brings judgments upon him.
- When a person starts looking for ways to do a mitzvah the cheapest possible way, it’s known that shedim (demonic forces) rule over everything he tries to accomplish.
A mitzvah that’s done for ‘free’ (chinam) is also worth chinam (nothing).
- The holy Ari, zt’l, never wanted a discount on his mitzvahs.
It’s possible to test Hashem with tzedaka (charity). If a person gives $100 to tzedaka, this will change into $1000.
- This is the inyan (matter) of shemita, on Har Sinai, this was to cause n’shemet – a ‘loosening’ [of the purse strings], to distribute tzedaka.
A person can give his very last coin to tzedaka, and he’ll start to see salvations and miracles, that have never been seen before.
- If a poor person comes to a person’s home twice, to ask for tzedaka, then there is a possibility that a decree has been made on that person, and that if he gives the poor person tzedaka – maybe 100 shekels, or even, his last shekel, and then he just trusts in Hashem – then he will be saved from the decree of death, and his days will be lengthened.