The Chai Times #72 // How much are you worth?

Feb 24, 2023 9:24 pm



"How much are you worth?"

Sir Moses Montefiore, the legendary 19th-century British financier and philanthropist, was once asked how much he was worth.


His response, a nice sum but not nearly as large as expected, surprised the questioner. Surely the real estate, stocks and bonds Moses owned were worth far more than the figure he stated.


With a twinkle in his eye, Moses elaborated. "You asked how much I was worth. My true financial worth is the amount I donated to build orphanages, soup kitchens, Jewish schools and communities.


"Only that is guaranteed to have value for me throughout my lifetime and beyond. Everything else is here today and gone tomorrow."


The opening words of this week's Torah portion, Terumah, instructs the Jews to contribute towards the construction of the holy Tabernacle."You shall take for Me a contribution" they were told. 


But shouldn't the verse have said "You shall give to Me a contribution"?


The lesson is clear. When we give we are actually receiving. In fact, what we receive is far greater than that which we gave.

Wishing you an uplifting Shabbat,

Rabbi Mendy & Mussy

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