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Why Did Edward Reichmann Want to be Buried with his Socks On?

The incredible story about the dying billionaire's odd letter to his family.

This story is inspired by the life of Edward Reichmann; the specific details are not necessarily what actually happened.

The opinions expressed in the comment section are the personal views of the commenters. Comments are moderated, so please keep it civil.

Visitor Comments: 4

(4) Benjamin Sherr, July 18, 2017 4:30 PM

Mr. Reichmann's socks

What does "inspired" mean?

(3) Rut Brea, July 18, 2017 3:57 PM

To be buried with socks

I find this story amazing, and admire this man for his great knowledge. He knew that it was against Torah to be buried with clothes on, yet he asked for exactly that, and also knowing that his family would not fulfill his wishes left the letter to follow with the statement of such truth. I am 69 years old, I have always been poor, so were my siblings. My siblings have gain some more financial statues than me, I raised a child alone and being a woman was never too ambitious to have material things in this world. I never felt that it was important. Now I find myself older, and poor, but content with what Hashem, blessed is He, gives me everyday. One of the greatest miracles in my life was to find by revelation what my heritage is, being from the tribe of Israel. Even what tribe I belonged to. No one would ever believe me if I tell this story. But I am satisfied that Hashem, blessed is He, has given me more than riches, the inheritance of his children. I am not perfect, I cannot follow the religion as any other Orthodox Jew does, I didn't have the knowledge, what I have learnt about keeping shabbat and other holy-days I have learnt with the help of Hashem, blessed is He. But I must say that I am grateful and when I speak with him in my prayers I do it with a circumcise heart. Broken for the lost of so many years without being near my people. I am poor in material things, but rich in the spiritual sense. Thanks to Hashem, blessed is He. I also know that we don't take anything from this world when we leave it. Like my mom used to say: We come to this world naked, and naked we will leave. Does that sound familiar? It is very Jewish, it was the legacy left in her soul and mind, although she forcefully grew up not being Jewish because of the Inquisition. They stole our knowledge of Torah, but our soul knows the secrets of Torah. B"H

(2) Yael, July 18, 2017 2:14 PM

Excellent

All in a nutshell.

(1) Anonymous, July 17, 2017 2:37 PM

Great lesson to learn but

I can confirm that whilst at the time, this story was circulating, I have it on good authority that this did not actually happen. But knowing the man s well as I did as we'll as his esteemed family, it's certaimly a story that could so well have happened!

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