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Effort, Faith, and Trust: Rabbi Manis Friedman Explains the Balance that Can Lead to Financial Abundance

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YouTube’s most popular rabbi, Rabbi Manis Friedman, is popular for giving out timely, well-thought of advice that helps people rediscover balance, purpose and spirituality in all aspects of their lives–may it be purpose, personal relations, health, work, and even finances.

Recently, a 2014 video of the well-loved educator and author talking about how to achieve wealth and financial abundance has resurfaced and many can’t help but be fascinated with his take on the subject, which goes against what most other religious figureheads teach. He starts off by framing what wealth means in the context of experience and emotions. “If you feel that you’re getting more than what you deserve, your experience, your feeling, your reaction would be gratitude. If I think I am getting what I deserve, that’s justice. But when I feel like more than what I need, that is the feeling of wealth.”

“When we’re doing great, that’s when our life begins. That’s not the conclusion. When you have abundance, then you can start living,” he adds. He then proceeds to talk about the three things that can help people achieve financial abundance. “Effort. Faith. And Trust. Effort means we don’t rely on miracles. Money will not come from heaven miraculously. You have to create an appropriate vessel for the blessing to settle into. It’s like–rain isn’t going to make anything grow if you haven’t prepared the Earth. Rain is a blessing, but by itself it won’t produce anything. Effort is necessary and it means simply, we don’t rely on miracles.”

“Faith means you know you can’t do it yourself. We make the vessel that contains the blessing but it’s not cause and effect–there is no guarantee that if you push this button, you’ll get that reaction. The world is not mechanical that way. Faith means as hard as I try, and as well as I do what I need to do, the blessing is voluntary on the part of God–if he decides then it will be, if he has a better plan then mine won’t work.”

“Trust means that you’re confident that God will respond to your effort, although you chose the effort, you picked the business, you decided which vessel to create, you have to trust (that) if you create a vessel, God will respond.”

The 32-minute video is filled with faith-based practical information that is as relevant today as it was seven years ago. To watch it in full, you may follow this link.

For those unfamiliar with him, Rabbi Friedman received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbinical College of Canada in 1969, he is also a Biblical scholar and the author behind the acclaimed books “Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore?” “The Joy of Intimacy” and most recently “Creating a Life that Matters.”  He founded Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in Minnesota, the world’s first yeshiva exclusively for women back in 1971, and continues to serve the institution as its dean.

Rabbi Friedman has made it his mission to help people improve people’s relationships and deepen their connection with God by teaching age-old Torah wisdom using modern means. To know more about him, you may visit www.itsgoodtoknow.org or follow him on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin.

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