In the many glorious articles written about Mr. Wolfson, much has been written about his quiet and unassuming support of hundreds of Torah mosdos around the world. But one story I heard has not gotten the attention it deserves.
Joey Felsen runs the kollel in Palo Alto, California. He is a grandson-in-law of Mr. Wolfson. When he started the kollel, his grandfather gave a lump sum of money just to start it off. He then said, “Joey, you are capable enough. I’m going to let you run this one on your own.”
Wolfson certainly had the money to support one more kollel, especially his grandson’s. But being the sharp businessman he was, he knew the kollel would thrive even more when it’s very survival was in the hands of the one running it. He knew better than anyone that true success is measured by what you have accomplished with your own work, not by how much money you were handed over.
The large sums Mr. Wolfson gave to tzedaka is a great and noble deed, no doubt, but that is something most of us will never be able to emulate. However, the lesson of success he taught his grandson is something we all are in a position to learn from and incorporate into our own lives.Tweet
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