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Terumah: Our Only True Possession

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 Receiving Through Giving

“And you shall take for me a contribution,” is the first verse of this Parsha. The fact that it reads “You shall take for me a contribution” and not “You shall give for me a contribution” indicates that he who gives is also a recipient. In fact, that which he receives is even greater than that which he gives.

An Inspiring Tale

This point is well illustrated by the following story. In medieval Europe a community rabbi was appointed senior adviser at the royal court. During the ratification proceedings the rabbi was asked to disclose the records of his holdings. The rabbi, a wealthy man, produced a list and hand delivered it to the king.

However, when the ministers ran a background check they discovered that many of his properties were not listed. The ministers brought their discovery to the king, and accused the rabbi of deceipt.

The rabbi calmly replied: When the king asked me to disclose my holdings I included only those properties and funds that I have donated to a charitable cause. Those are the holdings I know will always be mine. All other properties do not truly belong to me for today they are mine and tomorrow they may be taken from me.

Indeed, he who gives is in truth a recipient for only through giving can we acquire those properties for eternity.Charity is only only true possession.

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