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Section:  Avodah   Category: 48 Kinyanei Torah
Kinyan 17 Mi'ut Schorah - The Kopshitz's Guard Rav Yosef Chaim Zonnefeld's Bracha
The legendary Kopshitz brother's are great-grandchildren of Rav Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld and can trace their greatness back to a bracha from Rav Yosef Chaim himself.  When their mother came begging him to give her money from the city's tzedaka fund for her chasuna for which she had nothing, he said that as his granddaughter it would be improper for him to give her any money but he can give her a bracha that all her sons will be outstanding talmidei chachomim.  This has come true along with their brothers-in-law including Rav Nisim Karelitz.

When the children were younger the parent struggled to feed their growing family.  Left without choice they decided to start a small business at home.  After the business started to bring in some desperately needed income, one of the sons seemed to have taken an interest in the dealings.  He started asking too many questions about it.  After a short discussion the parents decided to close down their business, deciding that the price was too high and they would rather struggle like they did before.  This is how the House of Kopshitz was built!

But what about the Friedmans, Katzes, Goldbergs and Kleins who work for a living?  Can we be Koneh Torah also?  "Lo MeiEiver LaYam He" (Nitzavim 30:13), the torah is not found in businessmen who travel the seven seas in hot pursuit of opportunity (Eiruvin 55a).  However, says the Medrash Shmuel, this does not preclude any earning a living.  "Mi'ut" Schorah, limiting your business activities and putting it in proper perspective is required for Kinyan HaTorah.  You need not abandon it totally.  The Alei Be'er says that although success in ruchniyus and gashmiyus both require a person's hishtadlus and Siyata Dishmaya, there is still a big difference.  Business requires a minimal effort.  You need to create a natural pathway, a channel or an excuse through which Hashem can send His blessing.  When it comes to Torah you need to give 110% and then Hashem will lift you to a place where the human mind cannot travel alone.

The mishna says that you need to make sure that your involvement in business is just a charade.  Torah is the real deal, and the place where you need to channel all your energy if you want to build a good family business.
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