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Section:  Avodah   Category: Chanoch L'Naar
Freedom & Money - Mitzrayim & Mitzora
Why did Hashem need to cause such a ruckus during the time of Yetzias Mitzrayim?  Couldn’t he just take us out without all the fanfare?  Wouldn’t it have been better to just leave right away instead of spending another few months watching the whole show?

Chazal tell us that tzoraas on the wall of a house is a bracha from Hashem since the Emori’im hid treasures in their walls.  By breaking the wall the new owner will reveal the treasure.  Hashem our merciful father has many ways to send us money.  Could He not do it in a better way then sending a most dreaded disease into the walls of our home?

I once heard a story about two long time business partners who had a messy breakup.  After it was over Sam, one of the partners threatened Jack that he will rue the day he broke up with him.  Years later when Jack’s son turned 18 years old, Jack received a phone call from a lawyer who said that his client, who insists on remaining anonymous, is giving million to Jack’s son in honor of his birthday.  Jack was curious as to who was giving him such a generous gift, but elated that his son would have the financial means to have an easier life.  A few months later as Jack’s son was cruising at a high speed in his fancy new sports car the car overturned and he was killed instantly.

A couple of years later when Jack’s next son turned 18 he received the same phone call regarding another million dollar gift.  Despite misgivings recalling his older son, Jack grudgingly accepted the gift for his son.  To make a long story short, the kid, with his newfound riches ended up in the wrong crowd and within half a year after his 18th birthday he was found dead of a drug overdose.

When Jack’s last remaining son turned 18 he once again received a call from the benefactor’s lawyer.  This time Jack angrily said he will not accept the gift and it is no gift at all.  These “gifts” took the life of two of his sons.  Still the lawyer refused to disclose his client’s identify.  A week letter he received this letter in the mail.   “Dear Jack, As I promised when we split up I believe we are even now.  Please wish your last son happy birthday from his father’s rich ex partner. – Sincerely, Sam”

Yetzias Mitzrayim gave us a new lease on life.  It gave us our freedom.  After generations of the most brutal suppression, freedom could have intoxicated us and made us worse off than we were as slaves.  Hashem needed to teach us who is boss even when we are out of Mitzrayim and “free” to do as we please.  “Ein Licha Ben Chorin Ela Mi SheOsek BiTalmud Torah” (Avos 6:2).  Freedom means the freedom to serve the One who can toy with nature and use it to humble the most powerful nation on earth.  For this important six-month course we had to stick around Mitzrayim just a little bit longer.

When Bnei Yisroel arrived in Eretz Yisroel, Hashem wanted to jump start the economy.  He wanted us to have money waiting for us so we wouldn’t have to start from nothing like most immigrants.  However He also wanted us to stay grounded and realize that money had many important purposes.  None of which was to buy the fanciest buggy on the market.  He wanted us to understand that poor choices as to how to spend our money can lead to the devastation of our lives and our Neshamos.  It can lead to every bad middah in the book and take us far, far away from Hashem.  For this reason he hid the money behind a Nega Tzoraas.  This message clearly showed us that money used the wrong way will sprout nothing but tzorus or tzoraas.

The two things we want most for our children are also the most likely to derail their lives if they are given without a great deal of thought; money and freedom.  As a parent we want to bestow these precious gifts upon our children.  How and how much are very critical questions.  Doing it in the right way in the right measure can mean the difference between a car wreck on life’s tricky highways or a safe journey on the road to success.
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