84. וְאֵלֶּה שֶׁיֵּשׁ לָהֶם נִסְתָּר וְגָנוּז הַמָּמוֹן מִבִּפְנִים, שֶׁהוּא תֹּכֶן, כְּמוֹ תּוֹךְ הָאוֹצָר וְתֵבָה, מִתְקַיֵּם בָּהֶם וְתֹכֶן לְבֵנִים תִּתֵּנוּ. וְזֶה כְּסָפִים לְבָנִים שֶׁיִּהְיוּ בְּאוֹתוֹ דוֹר.
85. בְּאוֹתוֹ זְמַן, (שמות טו) שָׁם Life שָׂם לוֹ חֹק וּמִשְׁפָּט, וְהֵם בַּעֲלֵי מִשְׁנָה. גַּם כָּאן וַיָּבֹאוּ מָרָתָה, חוֹזֶרֶת לָהֶם תוֹרָה שֶׁבְּעַל פֶּה מָרָה בִּדְחָקִים רַבִּים, בַּעֲנִיּוּת, שֶׁיִּתְקַיֵּם בָּהֶם (שם א) וַיְמָרֲרוּ אֶת חַיֵּיהֶם בַּעֲבֹדָה קָשָׁה – זוֹ קֻשְׁיָא. בְּחֹמֶר – זֶה קַל וָחֹמֶר. וּבִלְבֵנִים – זֶה לִבּוּן הֲלָכָה. וּבְכָל עֲבֹדָה בַּשָּׂדֶה – זוֹ בָּרַיְתָא. אֵת כָּל עֲבֹדָתָם אֲשֶׁר עָבְדוּ בָהֶם בְּפָרֶךְ – זֶה תֵּיק”וּ.
Rich people are busy with their wealth and find excuses to avoid acts of kindness and charity. They lie about their work and complain that the taxes are heavy on them and they can’t give. Their lies block the flow of fulfillment from the Holy One Blessed be He.
People with concealed wealth have an easier time to give from their wealth.
“וַיְמָרְרוּ אֶת חַיֵּיהֶם בַּעֲבֹדָה קָשָׁה בְּחֹמֶר וּבִלְבֵנִים וּבְכָל עֲבֹדָה בַּשָּׂדֶה אֵת כָּל עֲבֹדָתָם אֲשֶׁר עָבְדוּ בָהֶם בְּפָרֶךְ.”
“And they made their lives bitter with hard labor, in-mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.”
The hard work as described in the Zohar has several aspects. ‘Hard labor’, ‘in mortar’, ‘in brick’, ‘service in the field’, and ‘serve with rigor’.These aspects represent levels of Torah studies that sweeten the bitter work of life.
True wealth is not valued by the number of digits that represent the value of properties and bank accounts. The true value depends on the purity of the vessel that holds that wealth. If the vessel is not pure, meaning that it doesn’t connect to the study of Torah, directly or by supporting students of the Torah, the wealth is constantly challenged for lack of light and strength. This is the ‘bitter’ aspect of life and a hard correction process.
Those who study and support the Torah have a pure and strong vessel. They receive continuous blessings like the flow of Light they generate by their studies and support.
Some people have a vessel that can create a lot of wealth. God gives them this type of vessel to be able to create wealth. They are supposed to share the blessings given to them from God, with those who are in need in this world.
If their vessel is connected to the Torah, they receive continuous blessings as long as they continue to share, otherwise sooner or later they experience judgments that make their life ‘bitter’.
Wealth is a temporary power that can be used only in this world. There is no currency in the heavens. The true wealth is what is accumulated by positive actions.
God needs channels of light in this world and parallel to then, channels of material energy to support those who are in need and those who serve the Light.