Toward the end of Megilas Rus it is related that Boaz and Rus received many blessings. Regarding the brocho that was given to Rus יתן ה’ את האשה וגו, the Midrash Yalkut Shimoni discusses the greatness of the אשה כשרה — a genuinely righteous woman and of the merit of marrying one. The Midrash then proceeds to relate a story about the Bitachon of an אשה כשרה.
There was once a חסיד, a pious man who had been a man of means, and over the course of time lost a lot of his possessions. To continue to support himself, he decided to hire himself out to do work. The Midrash relates that his wife was an אשה כשירה, which seems to imply her lack of complaining and her focus on the positive sides of life despite their change in מזל (mazel). After all, they did have other ברכות, even though they had lost their fortune.
One day while the husband was plowing in the field, Eliyahu Hanavi, disguised as an Arab, approached him. “There are six years of goodness and abundance coming to you from Hashem. It is your choice when these years should be given to you; now, or at the end of your days.”
The חסיד answered, “You are a קוסם, a wizard. I wish to pay you no attention.”
But Eliyahu Hanavi persisted and reappeared three times.
“You know what,” decided the חסיד at last, “I will discuss the matter with my wife.”
The man went home and repeated the day’s events to his wife.
“What should I tell this individual?” he concluded.
“Go tell the man that we request the six years of abundance now,” was his wife’s advice.
The חסיד returned to the field where the disguised Eliyahu Hanavi awaited his return.
“Please give us the six years of goodness now,” he told Eliyahu Hanavi.
Eliyahu Hanavi responded, “Go home now, and before you arrive at the gate of your home you will already see the bracha fulfilled.”
The man’s sons had been digging in the earth and they found a treasure which could sustain the family comfortably for the coming six years. They called out to share the good news with their mother. Before the חסיד reached the gate of his home, his wife came out to greet him with the good news. The man immediately thanked Hashem and was calmed that it truly was a gift from Hashem (and not from impure sources).
The man’s wife, being an אשה כשירה, made the following decision. “Since Hashem has drawn upon us a חוט של חסד, a thread of kindness, and has provided for us now for the coming six years, let us involve ourselves in גמילות חסדים while we have the treasure, and perhaps Hashem will add to us from His treasures.”
This she did, and she had her young son record in writing everything they gave. Whenever they found an opportunity to help others financially, and such opportunities were certainly not lacking, the family shared their wealth, with an open hand and a joyous countenance.
At the conclusion of the six years, Eliyahu Hanavi returned an announced that the time had come to reclaim the treasure he had given them.
“Just as I took the treasure only after consulting with my wife, so will I do before returning the treasure to you,” the חסיד told him.
The man returned home to his wife and told her, “The old man has returned to take back the treasure for the six years are up.”
His wife replied, “Tell the old man that if he can find other trustworthy people who will utilize the treasure properly, give it to them.”
The Midrash concludes the story that Hashem saw their many kind deeds and decided to not only let them keep the treasure, but added to it as well.
This story contains several directives for Bitachon conduct. One is that the אשה כשירה, as one whose life is congruent with how Hashem wants it to be, didn’t lose her Bitachon when her financial situation worsened. Interestingly, she chose to receive the material abundance immediately and not at a later date.
The אשה כשירה viewed the gift from Hashem as an opportunity to do good deeds with it, and didn’t want to postpone it for later. She was persistent, and even though she may have faced some opposition for distributing so much tzedaka, she continued to share the treasure with all those in need. Her son recorded the various charitable acts, and in this way not only did her children see them giving tzedaka, but they were also actively involved, thus ensuring that were taking a lesson from their parents and would surely behave with the same generosity upon receiving their inheritance. Hashem saw their worthiness and left the treasure in the hands of this truly kind and caring family.