Alien hand burns

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By Leo kazin on 01.31.2018 Traditions

"The government pretends to pay, and people pretend to work", - joked in the "country of victorious socialism." Laugh laugh, but people not only did not work, "struggle", but also endured with all the work that lay ill. Corruption and bribery are not only a part of the Soviet past, but also to become the number one problem in contemporary Russia.

It must be confessed, stealing - is a human problem, which according to the sages, as well as evil, in varying degrees, affects everyone. One item delivered from the factory, the other during operation said his own business on the phone, and the third did not use their knowledge and experience. In the fight for a piece of bread every person passes the test for honesty. Not by chance the rabbis say that in heaven the soul of man will have to answer the question: "Have you had with your faith are you?"

There are people who feel that they live in the jungle, where the main principle is the law of survival of the strongest. Some believe that you can take, cheat or steal, and that the crime will bring them success. Others believe that someone else's misfortune did not build his happiness.

The world seems to them a great harmony, which is ruled by a well-known principle of conservation of energy: what goes around, comes around! "Alien burn your hands!" - just tell me grandmother.

Of course, it is important not to break the law, but no less important motivation. Some do not steal because they are afraid of being caught by the police. Others believe that it still would not be good, respect the law and respect themselves, considering that the crime demeaning.

It is interesting that the word "milhama" - the war comes from Bethlehem root - bread. War - a struggle of humanity for a piece of bread, explains Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch. And every man is tested on faith and honesty in this war ...

A month after the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, they ended matzah, and then manna was for them a great lesson of faith. "Remember all the way which led you to the Almighty for forty years in the wilderness, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart ... He fed you with manna, to let you know that not by bread alone man alive, and that It comes from the mouth of the Most High, man alive "(Deuteronomy 8: 2-4). Jews could gather manna, but only for one day, and on the sixth day of the week had to take a double dose - on Friday and Saturday. "How much to eat for a day, let him gather on this day, but even if not collected today what is required tomorrow", - quotes the words of the Talmud, Rashi (Exodus 16: 4).

Bread - it's not just the result of man on earth, but also the blessings of heaven, writes Rabbi Hirsch (1808 - 1888, Frankfurt). Almighty led his people in a desert devoid of all necessary for the Jews to realize that "not by bread alone man alive, and everything that comes from the mouth of the Most High, the person is alive." The threat of hunger, imaginary or real, can make a person change his principles and forget about all their good intentions, and while the man is not free from these concerns and from their crushing impact, it will not be able fully to fulfill the Law of the Most High - says Rabbi Hirsch. - A person can get rid of this terrible ghost, only if imbued with the consciousness that the first among human concerns - care for material existence rests not only on him alone. Man must do what he is supposed to, namely: what expects it to Gd ... While people believed that when their limited power, he is chained to work the yoke, to earn the daily bread that will ensure its survival and the survival of those he loves, his anxiety will not have borders. In this case, concern about food can turn a man into the wilderness of the world, not only when it really is in the wilderness, but if he lives in a society, abundance of material goods, but also competition. His anxiety may cause to believe that he is obliged to ensure that their food is not only the next day, but the entire future life, even the lives of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As a result of the relentless and, consequently, the relentless desire to seize for himself and his family a piece bigger and sweeter will be for him a necessity, which will absorb it completely. "

"Who is rich? Anyone who pleased their share! " - sages say (Ethics of the Fathers 4: 1). Enjoy all that there may be someone who believes that God has given him everything necessary to fulfill its mission in this world. Moreover, it is pointless to take away from another that was not given to you, and to him!

Trust in God and do good! - wrote Chofetz Chaim. Faith inspires man to do good, to help overcome the fear for their own existence and to share bread with the needy.