November 4, 2021 / 29 Mar-Cheshvan, 5782 • Parshat Toledot
Issue 691
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

Isaac sowed grain in that region that year.
He reaped a hundredfold, for G-d had blessed him

Genesis 26:12

It is clear from a close reading of the Torah’s narrative that the patriarchs

were astute businessmen. Nonetheless, it is also clear that they engaged

in material pursuits solely with the objective of fulfilling G-d’s will.

In this case, Isaac’s true goal in sowing grain was to be able to give

charity to the poor, which the Torah stipulates can only be performed

with one’s own produce. Like our patriarchs, when our involvement in

the pursuit of a livelihood and wealth is similarly motivated, we are

blessed with overwhelming success.

—from Daily Wisdom #1