Does anyone know where it says that in the times before moshiach, it will cost a barrel of money to buy a loaf of bread? I remember hearing that, but can't find the source.

The reason I ask that is because I just read this quote from John Stossel, a libertarian journalist:

John Stossel
The dollar has lost 96% of its value since #TheFed was created. By printing so much money, the Fed risks vicious inflation. So far, inflation has been mild, but when inflation increases, it happens quickly. I fear that soon, if we want to buy a loaf of bread, we’ll have to carry a wheelbarrow full of cash to the grocery store. STOSSEL tonight at 9PM on Fox Business.


The Gemara in Sotah (49b) says the price of wine will increase, but as far as I know it doesn't say the same about bread.


The quote you're looking for is from the New Testament.

Revelation 6:6

And I heard a voice from among them say, "A loaf of wheat bread will cost a day's pay..."

The context of this quote is the Apocalypse (aka End of Days).

As mentioned by @Fred, this actually happened in Germany in the years leading to WW2.

wheel barrow of money

  • you make a barrel of money every day? – ray Apr 30 '14 at 18:17
  • In pennies? Sure, – Shmuel Apr 30 '14 at 19:29
  • Also, the quote in the question says wheel barrow, not barrel. – Shmuel Apr 30 '14 at 19:42
  • On a Judaism Q&A site, shouldn't this answer be at most a comment (as one reference it brings is from Christian scripture, and the other from general history)? – Tamir Evan Jul 2 at 13:40

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