February 26, 2024

Former US president Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.”

Last week, my wife cooked up some sweet corn, and it was the best any of us had ever eaten. I apologize to my father, who used to grow corn in our garden. It was good, but this was on another level.

The next day at Mahaneh Yehuda market, I noticed beautiful ears of corn everywhere. Thick corn husks have a special meaning.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “Thicker than normal onion skins or corn husks” are a sign of a hard winter ahead.

The proximity of the global shopping spree of Black Friday with Hanukkah can serve as a reminder of how we must educate our children concerning money.

Children are frequently bombarded with negative messages regarding money such as spending money and buying things leading to happiness.

Using the message found in Hanukkah gelt, we can teach children about responsible money habits.

What does it teach?

According to Magen Avraham, the custom of giving Hanukkah gelt enabled the poor to get the money needed to buy candles without feeling shame.

Teaching our children good money habits is a good way to beat back the forces of the modern-day Hellenists and internalize Hanukkah’s message.

The information contained in this article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the opinion of Portfolio Resources Group, Inc. or its affiliates.

Aaron Katsman is the author of the book Retirement GPS: How to Navigate Your Way to a Secure Financial Future with Global Investing and is a licensed financial professional both in the United States and Israel.