Keeping a Low Profile

Shavua Tov. The Parsha we read this morning mentions that if we observe the Mitzvot, we will find blessings in אסמיך, our storage areas. It is strange that the blessing is found in the storehouses as opposed to all of the other places it could be found. The Rabbis say that the Torah is teaching a hidden message. אין הברכה מצויה אלא בדבר שאין העין שולטת בו. The blessing is not found except in a place where the eye cannot see. The message is that it's always important to be modest in all of one's affairs. This is especially true regarding one's financial affairs. The less people know, the better it is. There is a real concern for עין הרע, the evil eye, as people have a tendency to be jealous of others which could sometimes prove damaging. This is particularly true for Jews living in the Diaspora. They are encouraged to keep a low profile so as not to arouse the jealousy of the nations. Keeping a low profile is always good advice.