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Why Are The Righteous Poor

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G-d took pity on him and said to Eliyahu, “I love this chasid who offers me such wonderful prayers. I can’t see him suffer. Therefore, go to him and offer him ten gold coins and make him swear to you that he will never cease to pray to Me. For I believe that he has learnt his lesson and he will not go back to his evil ways.”

Eliyahu again visited the man and waited until he finished praying. He then gave him the gold coins and made him promise that he will continue praying for the rest of his life. Having learned his lesson, the man remained pious for the rest of his life.

“So you can see,” concluded Eliyahu “not every person can be wealthy and continue in his piety.’

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