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There are wealthy people in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). However that is by a completely different standard than being wealthy today is. The basic teaching is that you give a percentage back to God.

One also needs to give a percentage to the poor, 10% of your yearly net income.

Judaism teaches that a person's worth is unrelated to his wealth. A wealthy person is considered as God's custodian of the money and is expected to use part of it to benefit the poor and to advance religious studies.

It is also a staple of the Jewish faith to value being a good person, and to value family and education. It makes sense to deduce that they are factors in determining if someone is wealthy in life or not. Wealth does not always have to mean money.

The Sages seem to agree, that children are the true wealth; it could be said that most material wealth is potentially a kind of golden calf since it is so commonly misused.

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There are wealthy people in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). However that is by a completely different standard than being wealthy today is. The basic teaching is that you give a percentage back to God.
One also needs to give a percentage to the poor, 10% of your yearly net income.
Judaism teaches that a person's worth is unrelated to his wealth. A wealthy person is considered as God's custodian of the money and is expected to use part of it to benefit the poor and to advance religious studies. See also the Related Link.Did the Ancient Hebrews have social classes?

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