|Freshly made strawberry jam - to die for.|
So many of us come from very hard working families who sent us off into the world to repeat the process of working hard, perhaps saving a little bit and living honourably.....and our children will do the same. We are unconsciously repeating the work ethic we have been taught.
Jewish folk however have a different take on work and life. Very different. So different in fact that even under dire circumstances (e.g. attempted genocide) they can start from scratch and within a generation a meaningful life and wealth has returned to be passed on and added to from generation to generation.
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My studies of all things Jewish has taught me that Jews see wealth as a spiritual thing - not in the same vein as the Christian prosperity gospel, but rather in the sense that because it is not physical it therefore automatically is spiritual. (I refrain from listing copious quotes from the Torah here!). Wealth is spiritual in the Jewish psyche simply because it can be used very easily to directly positively impact their families, neighbourhoods, cities and countries.
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So many things that we enjoy like excellent medical care, hospitals, education, libraries, universities, good roads, security, peace and excellent infrastructure all cost money...lots of it. Because of this you will rarely find a Jew working on their car or mowing their lawn on a Sunday morning, rather, Jews ensure they earn sufficient income to pay for a mechanic and a gardener. It is a good and spiritual thing to give another person a livelihood and the dignity of a profession and a respected place in a community.
The Jewish community has operated for 1000's of years under the understanding that a happy, safe and thriving community required money (and plenty of it) to circulate. Creating a healthy, happy and secure neighbourhood is a spiritual responsibility of every Jew - they take it very seriously for the most part. Their extra days' work each week gives them the extra 20% of income to invest back into the neighbourhood either directly or indirectly to make a thriving community and to also build personal wealth over the long term.
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Jews also never or rarely retire - work and business are the highest moral thing that can be offered to a community and Jews relish working until they can no longer. Knowing that they are providing livelihoods to so many in their neighbourhoods and are often the trusted managers of so many folks' investments is a serious business giving Jews a very deep sense of meaning and satisfaction to life.
Their own invested 20% across a lifetime funds their old age once they literally can no longer work or run a business. At a 4% draw-down in very old age, this lifetime of investment is not diminished and can then be bequeathed to the next generation who they have taught from childhood to manage money in exactly the same way....this wealth thus snowballs from generation to generation. In the event of an antisemetic wipe-out, Jews simply start again using the 20% principle and the deep-seated set of beliefs regarding money and within a generation the cycle is reestablished.
This is why Jews can hold and influence over 40% of the world's wealth whilst representing less than 1% of the world's population.
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We too could break that cycle of 'hard-work-and-only-a-little-to-show-for-it' if we adopt the basic Jewish principles of wealth and teach them generationally to our children. It can be done in a single generation. If we all did it, we would be awash with funding for medical research, great hospitals, excellent universities, wise innovation, socially progressive institutions, efficient food production, affordable sustainable and renewable power sources, legacies for the next generation.....the list is endless. But no, our eyes are looking to the ground like the ox grinding out the corn instead of committing to ensuring good, moral, tangible things are achieved on earth as they are in 'heaven'.
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Head spin?? It is a true paradigm shift that takes a while to settle into the mind.
Take care folks and stay nice.
Mr HM (Phil)