The Chatam Sofer Wanted His Daughters To Marry Rich

The Chatam Sofer lived at the turn of the 19th Century. His responsa (answers to questions of Jewish law) are the most important responsa of the past 200 years according to Marc B. Shapiro who relates the following story in his eight lecture on the Chatam Sofer for Torah in Motion: When his daughters were ready to be married, he looked to marry them to rich Jews. The rabbi said, I have yichus (illustrious ancestry). I’m not looking for yichus. I want that my daughter should have a good life without worries about money. Most problems in life come because you don’t have enough money.

I think that’s amazing. The rabbi wasn’t rich. It shows that he wanted his daughters to have a good life.

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