Reversed giving

 

 

Normally giving flows from, beyond, from the clouds, from heaven to earth.

 

One of the fundamental teaches of Chassidus is that just as rain begins on earth so to does the beneficence given to man come from man.

 

In other words, as the Maggid (the disciple and successor of the Baal Shem Tov taught) on the saying of our sages “Know what is above you” that “know that all that comes from above, comes from you.”

 

In other words, as I read today in a mammer (Chassidic teaching of the Rebbe) obviously this need not be the case – we would scarcely imagine that mortal humans can influence an infinite God, however God CHOSE to create a system whereby whatever we do influences how he treats us.

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