Profiles in Philanthropy – S.Y. Rechnitz & Larry King

Maimonides and the Eight Levels of Charity… Shlomo Rechnitz – Hard to Tell Which Level he is…

March 6, 2015

Shlomo Rechnitz and a “Kiddush Hashem”… should he really have even been talking to Larry King?  Or should he have deferred?


King: Do you measure [success] in dollars? It’s how you keep score in America.

Rechnitz: As long as you’re doing it honestly and with integrity. I guess the only other gauge is dollars as well, you know, a person always has to establish themselves as an honest person, especially in our religion, we want to sanctify G-d’s name in all our dealings.


What we here at LM are trying to figure out is if you take money not necessarily honestly acquired (or laundered) and you tithe most of it to charity, does it all get clean? Is this a “Kiddush Hashem”?



8 thoughts on “Profiles in Philanthropy – S.Y. Rechnitz & Larry King

  1. Thanks, I had no idea. Unbelievable! And his friends claim he is as humble as they get (for a rich guy)…well I guess they don’t get very humble in certain circles.

  2. Says it all…

    April 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm
    DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:

    Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
    Exaggerating your achievements and talents
    Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
    Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
    Requiring constant admiration
    Having a sense of entitlement
    Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
    Taking advantage of others to get what you want
    Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
    Being envious of others and believing others envy you
    Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner

  3. Why are people so stupid as to set themselves up this way? This entire interview was a vanity piece that King charged $25,000 to produce. Is there anyone who after seeing this still believes this man is so plain and humble?

      • This is not a show. This is a vanity interview (like vanity books that a person publishes themselves) that the subject pays for. King has long since retired from CNN but his production company makes videos that appear to be semi-newsworthy when they are nothing but a commercial paid for by the interviewee. King charges $25,000 per interview.

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