Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Story
Parshas Behar: Ribis - Rebbi Akiva Eiger and The Bargain Burial Plot
The Medrash says that a person who lends money with interest does not “wake up” by Techias HaMeisim… In the town of Rebbi Akiva Eiger there lived a very wealthy man who was very stingy and would charge interest when lending money to his fellow Jew.  When he died, the Chevra Kadisha in revenge for his wicked behavior, charged an exorbitant price to bury him far more than they usually charged to even the wealthy residents of the town.  His children protested bitterly, to no avail.  Ultimately the feuding sides went to the Rov of the town, Rebbi Akiva Eiger, to hear his thoughts on the matter.

To the shock and dismay of the children, Rebbi Akiva Eiger sided with the Chevra Kadisha.  He then explained to them as follows:  When someone dies and is buried, it is only temporary because the person will only need the plot until Techias HaMeisim.  However since your father lent money with interest, he will never get up from that plot.  Considering the amount of time he will use the plot, he is getting a tremendous bargain and better price than all the other town’s people.  (P'ninim V'Parparos Al HaParsha)