Torah is the blueprint for creation. Everything is rooted in Torah, including the most mundane activities, the most material activities, such as business. Even buying and selling; giving and taking is rooted in Torah.
Rebbe Nachman encouraged his followers to learn halachot, Jewish laws, including the laws of business. The laws of buying and selling; giving and taking. The laws of what it means to be a worker and what it means to be an employer, and so on and so forth. Because when we work according to halacha, when we’re engaged in work, our parnassa will be rooted in Torah.
Now, it can be difficult when working, to remember that no matter what we’re doing, our success is entirely dependent upon Hashem. Yes, we are required to put in effort, to use our heads and our hands; to use our skills and our talents. But any success we have is utterly dependent on Hashem.
When you engage in work and you think to yourself: “Oh, with the money I’m earning, I’m going to give 10 or 20 percent to tzedakah…” Or, “Oh, I’m going to make sure I’m following the Jewish laws that are applicable and appropriate for my work…” Or, Oh, I’m not going to make a move that isn’t one of honesty and truth…” In this way you are bringing Torah into your work and your workday.
It’s really not that hard, once you know the basic halachot, whatever your business may be. Whether you’re working for a paycheck as a teacher, doctor or accountant; whether you’re a trader, a lawyer, a hairdresser; whether you own a business or work for an employer. Whatever it is, by thinking about Hashem throughout the day, by thinking about why you’re working, by remembering to be honest and upfront in every business transaction, you are living a life of Torah, and of everlasting success.
May you have a day of success in your work, and may you experience many blessings.
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Today’s mini-lesson is dedicated to Gavriel Gedalya ben Yitzchak Moshe, and Chana bas Yocheved.