Our Rabbi’s Message
אהב כסף לא ישבע כסף ומי אהב המון לא תבואה גם זה הבל – קהלת ה:ט
The wisest of all men writes in Koheles (5:9) “umi oheiv behamon lo s’vuah, gam zeh havel”. Rashi explains this to mean, that even one loves doing many mitzvos, nevertheless, if amongst them there isn’t a mitzvah that’s defined and lasting, such as to building a Beis Hamedrash or a Beis Hakneses or writing a beautiful Sefer Torah, that too is vanity. Shlomo Hamelech teaches us that even if one does many mitzvos with one’s money, if one doesn’t use one’s resources to build a Shul or write a Sefer Torah, that too, is folly. The Yefei Toar on the Medrash in Parshas Achrei explains the reason is because a Shul and the like is something that stays around well after one leaves this world, and this way one can reap the benefits of the dividends of this mitzvah long after one’s lifetime.