Dreaming of Moshiach

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dollar = Amalek

Question: What do all these words have in common?
Politics פוליטקה;
IRS מס הכנסה;
Amalek עמלק;
Dollar דולר
Answer: They are all 240 in Gematria.

What, in essence, is a dollar? A dozen kilowatt hours of electricity? quarter of a glass of wine? a tenth of a toy?, a twenty-thousandth of a car?, a three-hundred-millionth of a Van Gogh?, a fourth three-hundred-millionth of a home?...

A poor man came to a businessman and asked for a loan: “I need one hundred dollars, and I am willing to pay seven percent interest on the loan. There is one stipulation, however, I can only pay you back one dollar a week,” said the poor man. “I appreciate your situation, but I cannot help you,” the businessman responded. “I must be paid all at once, not in installments.”

Understandably, the poor man left. The businessman’s associate who witnessed the entire proceedings wondered why his friend would throw away an opportunity in order to make a quick profit. The businessman explained that in the end, all he would have left is one dollar. If he would take his payment in one dollar installments, he would quickly spend it and have nothing left.

The Lubliner Maggid, zs'l, explains that the same idea applies to life. We are here for a short duration: seventy, eighty years, or more. These years are not granted to us in one lump sum, but day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, until we are suddenly called back to return our soul to its Maker.

At any moment in time, our past is long gone, our future is unsure and our present is, at best, fleeting, gone before we know it. Regrettably, man’s nature is to ignore his life until his last moments when he has very little time left. He looks back to his past and it is gone, the present is going quickly and the future is only a dream. The one thing he needs the most – time – is almost gone. He realizes now that he has squandered his most precious commodity.

It's time to re-evaluate what we really want. Let us wake up while the future is still a reality.




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו