Pay Day

  • It is a commandment in Deuteronomy 24:14-16, Don’t delay to pay your employed worker the poor and destitute of your brothers or from the strangers immigrants in your land. On the same day you should pay them even not to wait one more day which will be for you a sin.”
  • Even though North America has one fifth of the world population, it account for one fourth of the world global gross domestic product.
  • The happy man is content with his own portion.  If it is not enough don’t be ashamed to ask for help from your neighbors.    

Pay Day is a specified day of the week or month when one is paid usually workers collecting wages from their employers. In America it is usually the first of the month.  In Israel the tenth day of the month.

It is a commandment in Deuteronomy 24:14-16, Don’t delay to pay your employed worker the poor and destitute of your brothers or from the strangers immigrants in your land. On the same day you should pay them even not to wait one more day which will be for you a sin.”

Pay Day is a happy day for most workers.  People wait a week or month for pay day.  However many times the wages earned are not enough to cover all the expenses of the house.  The joy lasts only one day or a few days until the whole pay check is all gone and begins problems getting through the month.

The poorest countries in the world according to its GNI Gross National Income in 2018 are: Liberia, Congo, Nigeria, Central African Republic.  Haiti is the 16th poorest nation. Ethiopia the 18th. Afghanistan the 21th.

Even though North America has 5% of the world population, it accounts for one fourth of the world global gross domestic product.

The richest countries in the world according to GNI are: Quatar #1.  Singapore #2. Switzerland #7. Hong Kong, Norway, Ireland, 8,9,10.  The United States is #11. Canada #21.

Some of the countries with the largest percentages of people living in poverty according to World Bank include: Yemen 48%, Venezuela 33%, South Africa 55%, Syria 35%, Nigeria 46%.

According to CIA people living under the poverty level are in the United State 14,5%, United Kingdom 15%, Sweden 15%, Israel 22%, Germany 16%, France 14%, Denmark 13%, Canada 9%.

The Biblical obligation is to help first your own family, the people of your own city, the people of your own nation and afterwards other people according to your means.  This is not to be called racism.  A person is not obligated to give more than one tenth of his income to charity and even less if it will put him under the poverty level.

In Deuteronomy 16:8 it reads, Open up your hands to the poor to provide him with what he needs.  For the good deed of charity there is a share in the world to come.  God has put poor people in the world to give other people who are capable to give charity their reward.  The poor by receiving charity are actually giving to the rich much more than they are receiving.

Pay Day is approaching at the end of the month or at the end of our lives when we will receive our share in the afterlife for our good deeds. For charity there is also a reward in this world to give success, wealth, happiness, and friendship.

The happy man is content with his own portion.  If it is not enough don’t be ashamed to ask for help from your neighbors.

(Rabbi David Wexelman is one of the members of the charity American Friends of Maccabee Institute a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  You can donate to the charity American Friends of Maccabee by going into their Internet site. Donations are tax deductible in the USA.)

(The picture above is of a homeless man in Toronto.)

David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.
http://www.worldunitypeace.org

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