“Is the pursuit of riches, you may ask, not a preoccupation of the secular world?”
That is how the book The Jewish Secret of Wealth: According to the Torah, Talmud and Zohar by Rabbi Avraham T. Schwartz began. Gregory Bartos read the book and came away with these observations…
I have often wondered how to balance pursuing wealth and pursing righteousness. After all, Yeshua instructs: 

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 

Matthew 6:24 

Is it possible to pursue wealth and not stray from the righteous path? Is it wrong to desire to be wealthy? What is the biblical way to view wealth and the pursuit of wealth?
This book pulled together quotes from a variety of sources in an attempt to view wealth through a religous lens. It was an inspiring book and helped me better understand wealth from a Jewish perspective. However, there is still much I need to learn and many questions I have. If my suspicions are correct, many other young men have the same desire to learn more about biblically pursuing wealth and have similar questions as myself. Over the next few classes I would like to introduce the subject of wealth and have a healthy discussion. My goal is for the young men to learn from the wise men in our group and gain a better understanding of how a righteous man should pursue wealth.
Here is a sample of the subjects we will discuss:
  • Is wealth a good thing?
  • Can wealth be a heavenly pursuit?
  • Working hard
  • Ethics of wealth
  • Honoring your wife
  • Shabbat
  • Working for HaShem
  • True wealth
  • Giving
I am excited to review this topic with Gregory at the helm, guiding our discussion!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night at 7:30pm at The Residence for the first class of The Jewish Secret of Wealth.

Shalom,

Yosef ben Yosef

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