Giving thanks and slaughtered pigs – opinion

Thank you dear God for this good life, and forgive us if we don’t love you enough. Thanks for the rain. And for the opportunity to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you now, because I will not feel so grateful then. – Keillor garnish

The membership in the synagogue in which I pray is made up of many grandparents and great-grandparents. We don’t have many young couples, and the few we do have tend to leave our neighborhood after a year or two of marriage. It is not often that we are fortunate enough to celebrate the naming of a baby. This week we had that fortune, and it was for a fourth generation girl, the great-granddaughter of one of the first members of the synagogues.

This week’s Torah portion, Vayetzei, is about babies. Many, many babies. And many baby names. Jacob’s sons are born and each is given a name that has a significant meaning. Our sages give a special mention to a name, Yehuda. After giving birth to her fourth child, Leah said: (Genesis 29:35) “This time, let me thank God. That is why she called him Yehuda. “

According to the Talmud, Leah was the first person to openly express her feelings of gratitude to God. It says in Brachot 7b: “Rabbi Yochanan said on behalf of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: From the day the Holy One, Blessed is He, created His world, there was no person who offered thanks until Leah came and thanked Him. . as they say, ‘This time let me thank God.’

The reason she expressed her gratitude after her fourth child is because, according to Rashi, “Now that I have received more than my share, it is time to express my gratitude to God.” The question then is what is so commendable about this?

THE WRITINGS FINISH writing a Torah scroll. (credit: DAVID COHEN / FLASH 90)

I saw an answer given on behalf of Rav Dovid Kviat. He says: “The commendable aspect of Leah’s behavior here was that she saw what she received as more than her fair share. It is the nature of human beings to see what they receive in life as something that has come to them. This is what I deserve. If my friend makes $ 30,000 a year and I make half a million dollars a year, it may not be so easy to recognize my great fortune. It’s easy to think that I’m smarter than him, I’m smarter than him, I earned it on my own, it was getting to me! The novelty of Leah’s comment is that we see that a person has the ability to step back, look at a situation objectively, and come to the conclusion that I am getting more than I deserve. This is not our normal tendency. The normal tendency is to view life as receiving less than I deserve or as receiving my fair share. The rare person, who lives his life with the attitude that I have gotten more than I deserve, is indeed a person to be commended. “

There is an old adage about investing, with a couple of variations, but I’ll use this one: “Sometimes bulls make money, sometimes bears make money, but pigs are slaughtered.”

I have a joke with my brother that inevitably every time he tries to book a plane ticket online, he sees the price drop and fall. Then instead of being satisfied with the price, you wait, hoping it will continue to fall. It doesn’t and then the ticket price goes up higher. Then he sends me a pig emoji and a recording of a snorting pig.

It is important that investors are satisfied with their earnings and do not try to be pigs. Earlier this week, a client called and I asked if I should sell a particular stock. I mentioned to him that he actually bought the stock, not to hold it long-term, but thought the price had dropped too low and thought it would go higher when they announced their quarterly earnings. She was right in her short-term analysis. My thinking was that she should probably sell because her theory was flawlessly developed and she should be happy with the money earned. If he had set out to keep it long term, he would have discouraged the sale, but his goal was a short-term trade and he achieved his goal. Be grateful and take your winnings to the bank.

On the contrary, I had a client who, about a month ago, gave me an operation to sell. I asked him if I should sell at the market price and he said no. He wanted to sell the shares for a dollar above the market price. We are talking about a stock with a share price well above $ 1000. Well, it goes without saying that trying to win another $ 150 you lost more than $ 8,000. Oink, Oink!

Be grateful for your financial gains and don’t end up being murdered out of greed.

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Aaron Katsman is the author of Retirement GPS: How to Navigate Your Way to A Secure Financial Future with Global Investing (McGraw-Hill), and is a licensed financial professional in the US and Israel. The securities are offered through Portfolio Resources Group, Inc. ( Member FINRA, SIPC, MSRB, FSI. For more information, call (02) 624-0995 visit or email [email protected]

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