When your property or possessions sustain some damage or loss, work on yourself to accept the Almighty’s judgment with love. Realize you were born without any belongings, and you will eventually leave the world without belongings. You need not identify with your possessions since they are not an integral part of you.
Sources: Raishis Chochmah – Sha’ar Ha’anava; Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s Gateway to Happiness, p.252
Rabbi Zelig Pliskin – Found at the website promoting the book “The Light From Zion.”
A man once said to the Chafetz Chaim, “Rabbi, I have just bought a lottery ticket. Could you please give me a blessing that I will win, since the money I acquire will enable me to study Torah with peace of mind.”
The Chafetz Chaim gently blessed him, “May the Almighty help you study Torah with peace of mind.”
The man was disappointed that the Chafetz Chaim did not give him a blessing to win the lottery. It occurred to him that perhaps the Chafetz Chaim did not hear him exactly, so he repeated – this time in a louder voice – that he would like a blessing to win the lottery.
Very calmly the Chafetz Chaim reiterated the same blessing, word for word as before.
Today, ask yourself: Are my material possessions in any way distracting me from the real goals of life?
-Sources: see HaChafetz Chaim, vol.3, p.1141; Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s Gateway to Happiness, pp.76-7