R’ Noach Muroff at Agudah Convention: “This Is Not My Kiddush Hashem, But Our Kiddush Hashem”

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noach-muroff1[Video and audio below.] This past Motzoei Shabbos, at the 91st annual convention of Agudath Yisroel of America, a special guest addressed the convention session: New Haven’s Rabbi Noach Muroff, who made headlines last week after the story of him returning $98,000 found hidden in a desk bought for under $200 on Craigslist.

Rabbi Muroff was invited to the convention to share some thoughts about his story.

With humility, R’ Noach told the convention attendees that he doesn’t feel he acted differently than virtually any Yid would have.

He also stressed the importance of teaching children the emptiness of the chemdas hamamon, and that the ultimate goal of a Torah Jew should be to bring honor to our Father in Heaven.

R’ Noach’s remarks were punctuated by thunderous applause from the inspired crowd.

The Muroffs made headlines when their tale of finding a huge pile of cash after buying a desk was revealed two months after it happened.

The couple had brought the desk home and it wouldn’t fit through the door.  Noach and his wife pulled the desk apart and behind the drawers they discovered a plastic bag filled with cash – $98,000 in cash.

Right away, they looked at each other and said, “We can’t keep this money.”

They picked up the phone and called the original owner, Patty, who was speechless. Patty had placed her inheritance in the desk and forgot where she put it.

“99 percent of Klal Yisroel would have done the same thing. Mi keamcha Yisroel… And this is not my kiddush Hashem, but our kiddush Hashem,” Rabbi Muroff told the convention crowd.

Click here to listen to his remarks at the convention, or click below to watch:

from on Vimeo.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}

18 COMMENTS

  1. Yasher Ko’ach Rabbi Muroff! I recently had opportunity to correct and return what belonged to “akum”. I could have justified keeping the few dollars, but used the opportunity to show my children that we need to do what it right, not what is convenient. But inside I wasn’t 100% sure I had to go so far. Rabbi, you make me proud of my ever-so-small actions, and proud to stand tall as a member of Am Yisroel!

  2. R’ Noach,

    You did a tremendous thing! ????? ????? ???

    I just would like to offer some clarity in the issue: Besides giving it back for the sake of Kiddush Hashem, or keeping the money, there’s a third option, and that is giving it back out of honesty, out of the feeling that it’s rightfully his. THAT is ????. because the mitzva of ???? ???? is only for a Yid. The Shulchan Aruch is very clear that one should only give it back for the sake of Kiddush Hashem – as you did.

    [It’s been said that someone asked Rav Eizik Sherr Ztz”l: “What if I know the gentile who’s my good neighbor, and I know it’s his life’s saving and I truly feel I need to return his money back, how can I do it only for Kiddush Hashem when I feel that it’s simple honesty?” – to which Rav Eizik Sherr replied: “You have to imagine as if a hand came from heaven and took the money from your neighbor and gave it to you, if that happened would you feel you have to give it back?!”]

  3. What I love the most about their act, is that they didn’t even have a question, they didn’t wait to “ask a Rav” etc. It was clear to them that the Kiddush Hashem is worth way more than those notes of ??? ??? currency.

  4. Beautiful beautiful Kiddush Hashem.

    The last week the Jewish nation has garnished 5 stars plus with the return of this money, the Israelis setting up a hospital in Philippines before any other nation and the virtual foto of a Yid offering a shoulder to a tired black train rider.

    Can we keep it going?

  5. “they say” that someone had a similar story many yrs. ago, & reb moshe ztl assured him in the merit of giving the very large sum back , he will become much richer….

  6. Awesome kiddush hashem, and all of the above:
    You cant Imagine what a Chilul Hashem some of our own made on another web site: DEI BECHKIME UVERMIZE:

  7. I agree with all the complimentary remarks and applaud Rabbi Muroff for what he and his wife did. I have to add that paskening that he did an aveira by returning the money is describing a Torah that I am not familiar with. To feel this kind of opinion is misguided is an understatement. There are so many things that we do in a social context “mipnay darkay shalom” and this returning the money is surely one of them, EVEN IF one could misconstrue halacha as forbidding the return of the money.

  8. Noach- you’re a real inspiring guy- your friend from Waterbury.
    P.S. I’d like to add that R’ Noach had absolutely no intention of publicizing what happened. Only after mentioning the story to R’ Shmuel Kaminetzky he publicized it at his direction.

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