Over three hundred years ago, Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Pshishke told his disciples: Everyone must have two pockets, with a note in each
pocket, so that he or she can reach into the one or the other, depending on the need. When feeling lowly and depressed, discouraged or
disconsolate, one should reach into the right pocket, and, there, find the words: "For my sake was the world created."
But when feeling high and mighty one should reach into the left pocket, and find the words: "I am but dust and ashes."
The Coins are the “notes in each pocket” that you use to remind yourself at key moments during your days of this precious wisdom. The
coins are meant to be used, not put on a shelf and looked at. They are coins that are ‘spent’ to buy self-awareness. Put one in each pocket
before you start your day. You can use the protective plastic case, or just put the coins in your pockets.
When you feel that you deserve more than someone else, when your pride gets the best of you, reach into your pocket and grab hold of
the Coin of Humility. Turn it in your hand, feel it, read the messages again and move yourself spiritually away from your pride.
When you are feeling discouraged, beaten down, unworthly, reach into your pocket and take out the Coin of Joy. Remember that you have
been given life to enjoy, to grab hold of to make positive change. Everything that you experience is so that you can ultimately enjoy life and
fulfill your unique purpose. The world truly was made just for you.
Remember, these coins are not charms or amulets. While some of the symbols have origins in mystical concepts, they have no power of their
own. Their power comes from the meaning you give to them by using them in your life. The secret of living comes from knowing when to
reach into each pocket. The goal is to create a balance between humility and joy as you go through life.
Coin of Humility
The elements of this coin focus your attention on humble thoughts. In the center on the front is a door. This door is from the Maisel
Synagogue in Prague. In regards to an arrogant person the Creator says: "I and he cannot dwell together." The door to the Creator’s house
allows for the humble of spirit to enter. The door itself, represented by the Hebrew letter Dalet, is the property of humility and lowliness.
The letter Dalet is the large letter in the middle of the reverse side of the coin On the front, the phrase “I am but dust and ashes” , from
Genesis 18:27, is written in English and Hebrew.
• Hebrew – V'anokhi `afar va'efer
• The plant below this phrase on either side is the hyssop - the lowly hyssop represents modesty and humility. It never becomes proud
because of its numerous useful qualities, but remains humble in appearance and modest in its demands.
On the reverse (“tails”) side, the phrase “Know from whence you came”, is written in English and Hebrew. This reminds you that once upon
a time you were just a small bit of matter, and have no reason to be puffed up with pride.
• Hebrew – da may’ayin ba’ta
• In the center is the Hebrew letter Dalet, characterizing lowliness, the consciousness of possessing nothing of your own.
• “434” is the numerical value of the Hebrew word “Dalet”. There are many meanings associated with this number and Dalet for you to
explore if you so chose.
Coin of Joy
The elements of this coin focus your attention on joy and gratitude. In the center on the front is an open hand. This is the hand that you
use to seize the world and realize your potential to do good. When you are in despair, reach out and do a positive act, and you will instantly
start feeling better. The hand itself, represented by the Hebrew letter Kaf (meaning palm) reflects the power to actualize your potential by
performing acts with your hands in the world, to ‘receive in order to give’. You use the unique gift you have been given to create positive
change in the world, which was created for you to do just that. A feeling of gratitude always accompanies this joy On the front, the phrase
“For My Sake Was The World Created” is written in English and Hebrew. You are unique, so it is completely appropriate to see the world as
made specifically for you to act in – to fulfill your unique purpose.
• Hebrew – bishvili nivra' ha`olam
• Open hand, receiving goodness and realizing potential
On the reverse (“tails”) side, the phrase “And You Shall Rejoice”, is written in English and Hebrew. The source is Leviticus 23:40, speaking of
the joyous festival of Sukkot. While fulfilling your purpose, you do it with joy and gratitude. Without a sense of gratitude, you can slip into
pride. This is where the Coin of Humility “kicks in” to provide a balance in your life.
Hebrew – USemachtem. “And you shall rejoice”.
• In the center is the Hebrew letter Kaf, meaning palm. It also means the power to rule, the power to suppress the forces of nature, and
represents physical clouds, which are an expression of power. These powers assist you to express your potential in the world, but again, be
wary of pride!
The plants on either side of the letter Kaf are the lulav, representing joy. The lulav is used during the festival of Sukkot. It is from the date
palm, and is waved as part of the festival. There are many meanings associated with the lulav. On the Coin of Joy, it represents an instrument
of gratitude and thanksgiving.