Rabbi Kreiswirth and the Hidden Treasure

During the Holocaust a wealthy man gave the rabbi the numbers to his Swiss bank account. The unexpected happened.

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Comments (10)

(8) Zelig Pliskin, July 10, 2020 6:53 AM


The message here is tremendous.
Yes, every individual has the free will to totally upgrade their lives by upgrading their being Grateful, Joyful, and Kind. If someone masters these three qualities, that person will be an emotionally wealthy individual. And this metaphor is perfect.
Even if someone spent many years lacking being as Grateful, Joyful, and Kind as they could and should be, they have the ability to tremendously upgrade their life with the decision that from now on they will realize the emotional abundance that will be theirs when they wisely choose to upgrade these qualities.
When I was a young bochur in Telzer Yeshiva in Cleveland I had an older roommate from Chicago with the same name as the author of this article. He was tremendously diligent in his love for Torah learning. And yes, he was one of the most exuberant individuals I have ever met. That was close to 60 years ago, and hearing this story by an author with the same name brought me great joy. Thank you!

(7) Anonymous, July 8, 2020 2:13 AM

Very beautiful

So how do we unlock our soul by Torah?

Dvirah, July 8, 2020 4:39 PM

One Pathway

Recommend to start with the "48 Ways" on this site. May you be blessed with strength to strength!

(6) Bracha Goetz, July 7, 2020 10:48 PM


(5) Samson Ben Yoseph, July 7, 2020 9:40 PM


Take a few minutes to type out the messages you put on videos here so we can just read it and not spend all day waiting for the entire video to play.......or pay my ISP to give me enough high speed 24/7.....we all are not sitting at home with a cell phone in our hands to surf the web and check emails........let alone play videos.

(4) Anonymous, July 7, 2020 5:10 PM

Quite a story

Thank you. I like the rabbi's conclusion about hidden treasures within each of us.

(3) Anonymous, July 7, 2020 2:53 PM


The point of the post is true. The derivation from the story is forced.

Jewish Mom, July 7, 2020 10:46 PM

IMHO the derivation is a perfect match

In Maimonides' Laws of Torah education, he instructs that as soon as a child learns to talk his father should teach him Torah. "What is the first Torah teaching," he asks? He answers, "the verses "Torah tziva lanu Moshe morasha kehillas Yaakov (Moses commanded us the Torah Law, an inheritance of the congregation of Jacob)" and the Shema." This very first lesson that a child is taught is that the Torah is his inheritance! Every Jew has access and a share in Torah wisdom and laws that will enable him to live a balanced, purposeful life in sync with all of his physical, emotional and spiritual needs. It is his/her inheritance and belongs to him whether he knows it or not. He may choose to live a life of spiritual poverty by making choices that do not provide his soul with nourishment because he is not aware of the treasure that he owns. And he may discover the inner wealth that is his by embracing a life of Torah. This is a perfect parallel to the story.

(2) Laura, July 6, 2020 10:32 PM

Money can not buy kindness, respect, common sense or true love.

(1) Ajayandrews, July 6, 2020 2:22 PM



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