Coolest Rabbi ever!
Anyone can do the right thing when they’re in the public eye or when the cameras are on. But in the privacy of one’s home? That’s often a different matter. A New Haven Rabbi though, proved he’s just as moral in private as well as in public.
Rabbi Noah Muroff and his wife bought a $200 desk from someone on Craigslist, only to find $98,000 in cold hard cash hidden inside it. So what did the couple do?
What would you do?
Really, honestly, what would you do? The person who sold you the desk probably had no idea there was any money there. $98,000 is a lot of gelt!
You could pay off all your bills, your kids’ student loans, buy a new car, go on a long overdue trip to Paris, snag a pair of awesome season Red Sox tickets… but I digress, that’s my $98,000 wish list.
Here is the Rabbi’s story, reprinted below, as originally reported by WTNH.
Rabbi Noah Muroff, you and your wife are my heroes!
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Imagine buying a desk under $200 on Craigslist only to find thousands of dollars hidden inside.
That’s exactly what happened New Haven Rabbi Noah Muroff and his wife. They found a huge pile of cash after buying a desk.
When the couple brought the desk home it wouldn’t fit through the door. “The desk did not fit into this office by fraction of an inch,” Muroff said.
The couple had to pull the desk apart, including the file cabinets. Behind the drawers they discovered a plastic bag filled with cash.
“Behind the drawers there is this plastic bag, like a shopping,” he said. “In the bag, I could already see through the bag, it looks like a one hundred dollar bill.
“We open it up and it’s full of cash. And we counted up and there’s $98,000 cash sitting in the bag.”
The couple couldn’t believes their eyes.
“Right away my wife and I sort of looked at each other and said we can’t keep this money.”
They picked up the phone and called the original owner. They recorded the call on cellphone video.
“I saw there was a bag back there and through the bag I saw one 100 dollar bill and I’, like, Oh my gosh there’s money in there’. And i picked it up and this is pretty heavy. And I brought it over to the table and sort of counted it up and was like ‘oh my gosh’.”
The original owner was speechless. “Oh my gosh, because I… oh my God,” she said.
The former owner had stuffed her inheritance in the desk and forgot where she put the money.
The Good Samaritans returned the cash to the rightful owner. The Rabbi Muroff said the most important thing in life is to be honest.