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Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness

His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.

Woody Allen

Whom does G-d want to see? Who gets invited to His house?

Talmidei Chachamim? Not necessarily!

Chareidim? Maybe, maybe not!

True Religious Zionists, those who settle and endanger their lives for the land of Israel? Ummmmm, can't guarantee it!

People who give lots of tzedaka? I am not so sure!

The correct answer is - [drum roll] PEOPLE WHO ARE HONEST IN THEIR FINANCIAL DEALINGS!

WOW!!!!!!!! That's how you get invited to the Beis Hamikdash? Well let's listen to Dovid Hamelech: "Mi yaaleh bihar Hashem u'mi yakum bimkom kodsho"? [Who is allowed on the mountain of G-d and who may stand in His holy sanctuary] "NAKI CHAPAIM" - literally "clean hands" but meaning honest people, people who would never take a penny dishonestly, people who work every minute that they are being payed for, people who would never make a personal phone call on the company's bill, people who never overcharge a naive customer, what was called in the old country "Ehrliche Yidden". [See Tehillim 24]

Sweetest friends, my life experience has taught me that there are not an overabundance of "Naki Chapaim's" out there. "Frum Jews?" - there are plenty.

But then again being "Frum" doesn't allow one the right to enter Hashem's domain. Being honest does.

Let's lead the way and act super honestly and demonstrate others that, yes indeed, there is something in this world that has even more value than cold hard cash.

Clean hands.

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  • I'm Rabbi Ally Ehrman
  • From Old City Jerusalem, Israel
  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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