Some people mostly receive favors from others. Other people mostly do favors for others. Normally, we understand that the receivers are the “have-nots”, while the givers are the “haves” — they give because they have what to give.
The truth however is that often those who give don’t really have that much more. They aren’t that much more able, talented or wealthy than those who receive. Instead, the difference lies in their sensitivity to others and their willingness to help them.
Moreover, we should note, that after a while, those who give become more able, talented and wealthy — while those who only receive remain incapable, untalented and poor — even becoming poorer as they go along. We need to think more about this — and also to teach it to others.
By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
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