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 Aug 4, 2017 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/… Aug 4, 2017 at 14:21
  • I've checked The Times, and can't find anything there thetimes.co.uk/archive/find/charity+montefiore/…. @YaacovDeane I'm trying www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (3 free pages!) but it's not sending me an account confirmation email :(
    – Stephen
    Apr 8, 2020 at 23:03
  • @Stephen Like many 'print' newspapers, they are now looking for paying customers to allow access to previous editions. When I posted this, it linked to the actual edition. BTW, Shavuah tov and good Mo'ed Apr 12, 2020 at 3:05


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