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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Story
Parshas Shelach: Rav Chaim Brisker The Important Secret To Successful Fundraising

Rav Chaim Brisker, the Rosh Yeshiva of Volozhin, once sent someone abroad to raise funds for the Yeshiva.  A few months later when the fundraiser returned and they counted up all the donations and calculated all the expenses, it turned out that the expenses were as much as the amount spent by the fundraiser on his trip, leaving the Yeshiva with no money from this campaign.

Rav Chaim Brisker lightheartedly said that the lesson learned from this experience can be found in the pasuk.  “Shelach Licha Anashim ViYasuru”.  Literally, send people and they will “spy”.  However, the word, ViYasuru, can also be interpreted to mean and they left over.  From here, said Rav Chaim, we see that the Torah tells us to send Meshulachim who will have some money left over when they return and not spend it all on the way.  (Pninim - Reb Yosef Berger)

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