Rabbi Daniel Lapin and his views on money

Rabbi Daniel Lapin and his views on money

They say Jews are very successful when it comes to money. It may be true, but it has nothing to do with religion. Of course, religion talks about the money topic, but it is not something that comes very important for religious beliefs or something important to be part of the Jewish community.

The importance of money for the Jewish community comes in the sense that they try to see the human part of having and sharing money. As we will see in the next commandments that Rabbi Daniel Lapin talks about in his book “Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money” This book relates the concept of money to Ancient Jewish teachings that everybody is familiar with and carries the basic principles to be successful in life and business.

Let’s take a look at some of those commandments that can easily be applied by anyone, whether religious or not.

Dignity and morality within business

It is well known that there should be ethics when doing business with others. In fact, we expect that from people, but real life is different. Jewish teachings about business emphasize that the idea is to be valuable to others when you engage in business relationships. It doesn’t matter if you are an employee or the supervisor or the owner of the company, the idea and the goal is always to be useful to others and how can each one provide and receive value from others.  

Rabbi Daniel Lapin teaches that if the person doesn’t really feel that he or she is adding value to the world and other people, then that person will never be successful in life and will never be able to generate any value for others as there will be no passion and it will cause a limiting effect on wealth and success.


This commandment is about getting to know as many people as possible in a genuine way with a real and honest interest. Rabbi Daniel Lapin talks about interacting with other people so the motion of success can start.  He teaches that it is by interacting with people that things start to happen.

When Rabbi Lapin talks about interacting he doesn’t mean that people must be selected only because what they can offer. On the contrary, there should be a genuine interest in people and their friendship and in a sincere and personal way. People tend to do business with people they know so the idea is to relate to strangers in such a way that they can easily become friends.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin also thinks that this principle can be applied in any group that is involved in a church or any other type of gatherings that are periodical and that are designed to serve others. Rabbi Lapin thinks that in places where people gather with the goal of serving others or to worship there is a much higher level of connection than in many other places where people just go to meetings or are just focused on working and generating profits.

Know yourself

What do you really want? The money or the relationship? It is about knowing what you really want and if what you really want is pure and sincere. People are looking for other people they can trust and that they can connect to on a spiritual level and not only at an economic level.

To illustrate this, Rabbi Lapin talks about The Rider and the Donkey. He teaches that every person is a spiritual creature inside a material body and the one in charge should be the soul.  The donkey is the material person that wants to head in one direction while the rider is the spiritual part that wants to go in another direction. It is up to each person to decide who will pull strings and lead the way.

Giving to charity creates wealth

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According to Rabbi Lapin Giving to “charity jump starts wealth creation”. According to Judaism and Christianity the more money you give, the more money you will get in return. According to Rabbi Lapin when people give away their money, or they give the 10% of their income this opens a direct channel to God and his blessings.

Also when people give they have the following benefits: their faith increases because it requires faith to let go of your earned money; it is an investment in your spirit and in other people´s wellbeing. When people give they will eventually get something in return; and giving means that people have to interact with each other and that brings many benefits as seen in the previous commandment.

Here are some of the ten commandments mentioned in his book that can help anybody relate to money.

Be sure to also read this post on more teachings about money from Rabbi Areyh Kaplan