The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 14 June 2008 / 11 Sivan 5768

Two Ways to Spend Millions

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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A day before he met a tragic death in a traffic accident, the renowned British philanthropist Benzion Dunner O.B.M. reportedly distributed two million pounds sterling in Purim gifts to the needy.

What a striking contrast with what other wealthy people do with their money!

Take the example of an Arab sheikh in one of the Persian Gulf Emirates who recently spent $2.7 million on the purchase of one camel. Reading about this extravagant acquisition one person with a long memory for advertising slogans could not help but quip:

"I've heard someone saying 'I'd walk a mile for a Camel (cigarette)' but I never dreamed someone would pay millions for one."

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