Thursday, July 03, 2014

Want To Attract Money? Try Hanging This Painting in Your Home or Office

This is probably one of the most hilarious listings I have ever seen on Ebay. Its hilarious to me mostly because the seller seems to be dead serious. 

We all know how to keep rodents away from our places of residence (hang a portrait of Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner of Kerestir of course see). So now that your apartment or office is nice and rodent free, how do you start attracting money?

Apparently this is how. According to seller 2_bee_pollen_123 "Many people from europe said that you can attract money if you have a picture of a jewish man counting gold coins in your home or office."


Ashkenazic Worry Beads?

Jews counting money sounds like it plays right into ancient anti-semitic stereotypes but this is not exaclty so.
I came across something interesting recently in David Assaf's biography of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin:

מנהג מניית מטבעות זהב, כאמצעי לריכוז ולהפגת מתח, מיוחס גם לרבינו תם "כשהיה רוצה ללמוד תמצית מהלכה חמורה היה נותן לפניו תל של זהובים לשמוח בהן ונתרחב לבו ולמד בכח (שו"ת מהרי"ל, לקוטים, דפוס צילום: ירושלים, תשלח עמ' 87), על תפלה ולמוד בנחת "כמונה מעות", ראה המקורות שהביא בן מנחם בשערי ספר, עמוד 92

אסף, "דרך המלכות" עמוד 235 הערה 30


At Friday, July 04, 2014 1:21:00 AM, Blogger Calba Savua said...

From page 377 of the English edition.

"The custom of counting coins as a means for concentration or relief of tension has been related also to the twelfth-century sage Rabbi Jacob Tam. See Shut Maharil, likutim, 87; cf. Ben-Menahem, Sefer, 92."

At Tuesday, December 02, 2014 4:58:00 PM, Blogger John Smith said...

Thank you for such wonderful and interesting article about how to attract money.


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