Baron Rothschild’s Secret

My maternal grandparents are Rothschilds. Inevitably, when I share this information with anyone, their immediate response is, “You mean the rich ones?” I always respond with the answer that my grandfather gave me when, as a young child, I asked him the same question.

He recounted, with a twinkle in his eye, that when the patriarch of the Rothschild family, Baron Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), was on his deathbed he turned to his two sons and said to one of them, “To you I bequeath all of my wealth,” and to the other he said, “And to you I bequeath the brains and smarts.” My grandfather concluded by saying, “We didn’t get the wealth!”

Mayer Amschel Rothschild was an incredible man, commonly referred to as “the founding father of international finance” and ranked seventh on the Forbes magazine list of “The 20 Most Influential Businessmen of All Time.” Yet, while he regularly circulated in royal circles as financier to Europe’s kings and queens, he remained steadfastly committed to Torah values and Torah observance. He was also known to be exceedingly humble.

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Keywords: Remaining humble, Humble, Humility, Wealth, Riches, Arrogancy, Arrogant, Rothschild, Rothchild, Baron Rothschild, Millionaire, Billionaire, Pride of riches

Bible reference(s): Deut. 8:11-18, Psalm 90:10, Ecclesiastes 11:8, Ecc 12:1, Ecclesiastes 9:10, Mark 10:24, Luke 12:19-20, 1 Timothy 6:17

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