[Avodah] Moshe Rabenu got rich from the shivrei luchos

Alexander Seinfeld seinfeld at daasbooks.com
Wed Apr 7 20:01:52 PDT 2021

Dynastic wealth is so rare there are proverbs about its scarcity:

Chinese proverb, ³Rice paddy to rice paddy in 3 generations.²
Japanese: ³Kimono to kimono in 3 generations.²
Indian: ³Sandals to sandals in 3 generations.²
British: ³Clogs to clogs in 3 generations.²

American: ³Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.²


>A more interesting question:  Since Moshe presumably had no particular
>use for his riches, and therefore would have left a nice inheritance for
>his children beyond whatever allotment they would have received in one
>of the Levi'im cities, how did his grandson Yonasan become so poor that
>he went to work for Micha (the bad one, not the navi)?

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