"Dorothy once asked me, 'Wouldn't you like to buy a better car?' I said, 'There's nothing wrong with a Chevrolet.'" -- Rabbi Myer KripkeThe Kripkes, despite their enormous worth, were never big spenders. They never owned any real estate and lived in an apartment in Omaha that they rented for less than $1,000 a month. By the mid-1990s, the rabbi's (now almost 85 years old) wife's health had deteriorated, and she was moved to a nursing home. Rabbi Kripke felt he had a debt to the Jewish Theological Seminary, and, in 1996, he called Rabbi Carol Davidson, the Director of Planned Giving at the Seminary to make a gift of $100,000. At a meeting at Rabbi Kripke's house in Omaha, Rabbi Davidson suggested that Myer donate the money to help fix the Seminary's high tower -- it housed the library where Myer studied decades ago -- that was almost destroyed by a fire 30 years earlier (ironically, the same year that Myer gave his life savings to Warren).
Kass: The Rabbi and the Oracle
Jun 04, 2013 | 11:54 AM EDT
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