There is a known parable about two beggars who used to sit outside the king’s palace and sing, as by-passers would occasionally throw a coin to help feed the them.Although they were both capable singers, there was a crucial difference in the content of their song. The first beggar, Michel, would always sing the praises of the king, how good and kind he was to the country he ruled, while the the second pauper, Dovid, would express praise of Hashem. Occasionally Michel would berate Dovid for not giving due respect to the king by singing his praise, but Dovid would never give in – he stubbornly continued to sing solely to Hashem. One day the singing of the beggars reached the king’s ears and he moved in their direction to better hear what was being sung. At first he heard Michel and was pleased to hear his praise being sung. But then when Dovid began to sing he was angered. He said to Dovid, “How dare you neglect to sing my praise and sing only to Hashem?” “Your highness,” Dovid began, “It is true that you are the king of our country, and you are a very good king, but there is a king who is higher that you, who is The One who made you the king. He is the one who sustains the entire world and brings everything into being.” The king was incensed and as he reentered his palace he devised a plan to show Dovid who is the real king. The king summoned the royal baker and handed him two bags, one filled with diamonds and one filled with sand. He commanded the baker to bake two identical loaves of bread and to insert one bag into each loaf. The bread with the diamonds should be given to Michel, while the bread containing the sand should be given to Dovid. When the poor men were handed their loaves of bread they were elated, as it was a rarity for them to have a full loaf of bread. Michel soon realized that his loaf was heavy and thought to himself that it must be because its not fully baked. Naturally that means that the bread is not fit for consumption and could make him ill if eaten. He decided to ask Dovid if he can see how heavy his bread was, and it seemed much lighter. Later on, when Dovid didn’t notice, Michel changed breads with Dovid. When Dovid arrived home that evening he cut open his bread and was pleasantly surprised to find a bag of expensive diamonds. Full of joy, he thanked Hashem for the wonderful gift and quickly made plans to devote his life from then on to Torah Study. A while later the king came to the palace gate to inspect the results of his plan, expecting to see only Dovid present. When he saw only Michel there he asked, “Where is Dovid? Didn’t you get the loaf with the diamonds?” Michel related how he traded his loaf which felt heavier, for the lighter loaf, and ended up remaining a poor man while Dovid became wealthy. The king left amazed at how true Dovid’s words were, that Hashem is truly in charge, and as much as the king planned to make Michel wealthy, being that Hashem wanted Dovid to be rich, that is what happened in the end. The bitachon lessons are crystal clear. Firstly that we should primarily praise Hashem. And although there are those who deserve respect, respecting them cannot replace our respect for Hashem. Secondly, Hashem is completely in charge, and no matter what others plan, Hashem’s plan will prevail. Thirdly, Dovid knew how deal with his new found opulence in a way that pleased Hashem. Instead of indulging in all the pleasures he had missed until then, he chose to devote his life to Torah study, for from now on he would have no concerns regarding income.

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