How Trust Can Create Treasures

Rabbi Pinhas Ben Yair lived in a city in the south, when he met two people who were looking for a job and carrying two sacks of barley over their shoulders.

Since they didn’t want to drag these sacks everywhere they went, they asked Rabbi Pinhas Ben Yair to watch their load. Rabbi Pinhas agreed to keep their sacks, and the two men continued in their way.

When autumn came Rabbi Pinhas seeded the barley’s seeds, and in the spring time he harvested them and put them in a barn.

Seven years later the people came back asking for the their two sacks of barley. Rabbi Pinhas recognized them immediately and told them:”Come, take your treasures”.

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source: Midrash Raba Parashat E’kev sign c

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Eti Shani was born in Israel and has been teaching Hebrew for more than 10 years with a special interest and experience in ancient Hebrew scriptures and culture. She's also the author of a series of books for novice and intermediate Hebrew learners.

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  • Vicki

    Excellent, not only did I see the benefit of letting go and allowing someone else share the seemingly burden, but also the increase and gain as a result.