Saturday, 26 March 2016

Mussar: Re: One's Money

first posted January 12, 2013

Courtesy of Derech Emet Group.

Chovot HaLevavot, Shaar Avodat HaBitachon, Intro, page 360:

...he [a person with correct trust in G_d] views it [his money] as a deposit that he was commanded to use in specific ways and for specific purposes for a limited time.

If it stays with him a long time, he will not become arrogant because of it [or sin rebelliously because of it] and he will not remind the people who he was commanded to donate to [the recipients of his kindness] about. his goodness [that he gave to them], and he will not seek repayment or thanks or praise, [because he was only doing his job by helping others].

Instead, he thanks his Creator for having made him an agent [literally, cause] of kindness.

CHRONOLOGY:

Chovot HaLevavot was written around year 1040 of the Common Era by Rabbi Bachya ben Yosef ibn Pakuda, who lived in Saragossa, Spain.

Chovot HaLevavot was written in Arabic. and later translated into Hebrew.


Best Regards,
RRW

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