The g'mara spends a couple pages discussing tzedakah
charity. On today's daf we get the following story: it is said of
King Monobaz (a foreign king in the first century CE who embraced
Judaism) that he distributed all the hoards of wealth he accumulated,
and also the hoards he inherited, in years of scarcity. His brothers
and other members of the household objected, saying "your fathers
saved money and added to the treasury, and you are squandering it".
He answered: my fathers stored up below and I am storing up above.
My fathers stored in a place that can be tampered with, and I store
in a place that cannot be tampered with. My fathers stored something
that produces no fruits, while I have stored something that does produce
fruits (reward in the world to come). My fathers gathered treasures of
money, but I gather treasures of souls. My fathers gathered for this
world, and I gather for the world to come. (He brings proof-texts for
each of these statements.) (11a)
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