Dreaming of Moshiach

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Not For Sale

Arachim organization has been helping many Jews to get acquainted with their Jewish roots and has assisted thousands of Jews to reconnect with Judaism and HaShem.

Last Thursday evening, Arachim organization invited all its recent ‘graduates’ to Seudat Mitzvah and told amazing Teshuvah stories. Rav Eli told one outstanding story and its importance captured everyone’s attention.

A man from Switzerland returned to Judaism thru Arachim. After a while, he decided to learn Torah full-time and moved to Eretz Israel. One day, his multi-millionaire brother called him from Switzerland and told him he was dying. He begged his brother to sell him half of his Torah merits in exchange for millions of dollars. Seeing that he was secular all his life and now he is dying, he was fearful to enter judgment in the heavenly court knowing he doesn’t have enough spirituality that might be able to save him from hard judgment. The brother refused.

After the rich man’s death, the brother felt a lot of guilt and turned to the Rav for advice. He asked the Rav if his refusal to sell his Torah merits is considered an act of selfishness. The Rav told him that he could put his mind to rest because his brother would have never been able to ‘purchase’ half of his Torah merits. The only way a person is able to ‘purchase’ Torah learning merits is from the future and not from the past.




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