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I have heard an anecdote told of Moses Montefiore explaining that his 'worth' was only what he gave to charity. This story is quoted in many places (ex. 1, 2, 3) to underscore the value of charity. I would like to know the source of the story. In one version I saw that the London Times published it along with other anecdotes to mark Montefiore's 100th birthday, but I have not been able to corroborate that.

  • I have also heard it as a story of a Jewish treasurer arrested because his books showed his true worth as the amount he had given to tzedaka – sabbahillel Aug 4 '17 at 4:12
  • If the citation from a London newspaper is correct, it is probably the London Evening News from Saturday, October 25, 1884 which ran an article on Moses Motefiore's 100th birthday. newspaperarchive.com/tags/… – Yaacov Deane Aug 4 '17 at 14:21

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