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No socks!

I’m currently in the middle of a sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount; this Sunday we are looking at Treasures on Earth and Treasures in Heaven (Mt 6:19-21). I don’t know if the following is a true story or an urban legend, but I share it with you anyway.

One of the wealthiest philanthropists in the Jewish world died, and he left behind one billion dollars and two wills. The instructions left to his children were that one will be opened immediately and the second be opened at the Sh’loshim (30 days after the death). Among the instructions left in the first will was a request the he be buried with a certain pair of socks that he owned. His children immediately brought the socks to the Chevra Kadisha (the group that prepares the body), requesting that their father be buried in them. Of course, the Chevra Kadisha refused, reminding the family that it is against the Halacha (Jewish law). They pleaded, explaining that their father was a very pious and learned man, and he obviously had a very good reason to make this request. The Chevra Kadisha remained firm in their refusal.

The family frantically summoned the Chevra Kadisha to the Beit Din (Jewish court), where the Rabbi gently explained to them, “Although your father left that request when he was on this world, now that he’s in the world of truth, he surely understands that it is in his best interests to be buried without his socks.” And so, he was buried without his socks.

Thirty days later, the second will was opened, and it read something like this:

“My dear children. By now, you must have buried me without my socks. I wanted you to truly understand that a man can have one billion dollars, but in the end, he cannot even take along one pair of socks!”


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