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Section:  Avodah   Category: Innocent Observations
When You Travel All The Way To Eretz Yisroel Don't Leave Money On The Table

Over the past decades Jews from all over the world have been flocking to Eretz Yisroel. Some come for vacation and some come to see the homeland that is always on the lips and prayers. Yet in recent years the frum community has started to come more and more frequently for another reason, to visit our great gedolim. Many come to get a bracha from the gedolim. Some come to ask for Yiras Shamayim for their children who are turning Bar Mitzva other come for Cholim.

Recently there is a trend to come to get a bracha for a business venture. Even people who consider themselves far removed from the world of Chasiddus wouldn't consider consummating a business deal without the blessing of their spiritual superman be they in Bnei Brak, Yerushalayim or locations further outside the periphery. In the high stakes world of business, 36 hours and a few thousand dollars can just be written off as a business expense since it is the key to making the investment flourish.

Seeing the gedolim and speaking to them is a great thing. There is a Mitzvas Aseh of U'vo Sidbak to attached yourself to a tzaddik. Merely looking at a gadol's face imbibes you with Yiras Shamayim. Yet when it comes to a bracha for wealth the Torah prescribes the ultimate Bracha, Birchas Kohanim. The three simple words uttered by the Kohanim on a daily basis in Eretz Yisroel, "Yivarechicha Hashem ViYishmarecha", may Hashem bless and watch over your assets, is as potent a bracha as can be had here in Eretz Yisroel.

Why do the riches flow through the fingers of the Kohanim? Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein (Tvucha Yabi'u Parshas Naso) explains that when Bnei Yisroel was commanded to ask their neighbors for their money before leaving Mitzrayim, Shevet Levi decided that they would not do so, since the money was really a payment for the years of slave labor from which they were exempt. They abstained on these grounds even though they had every right to participate in the grab for wealth since they were also commanded. Due to this abstinence Hashem said from now on all the wealth will flow though the Kohanim.

So when you arrive in Eretz Yisroel with your overnight bag and your attorney waiting with baited breath for the green light, don't run out of Shul in middle of Chazaras HaShatz to catch your long taxi ride up north or down south. Stop, think, and answer Amein with abundant kavana. This might be the bracha you were really coming for!

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