Now, this is quite a mitzvah!
New Haven, Conn., resident Noah Muroff bought the desk on Craigslist in September for just $150, but he made an incredible discovery when he took the desk apart to fit it through a doorway, local ABC affiliate WTNH-TV reports.
"Behind the drawers there is this plastic bag," Muroff told the local station. "We opened it up...and there's $98,000 cash sitting in the bag."
The very next day, Muroff took his family to return the money.
It turns out the cash was inheritance money that belonged to the woman who sold Muroff the desk, WTNH-TV notes. She had forgotten where she had put the money.
"If Hashem wants us to have this $98,000, he will make sure we have it in a way he sees fit,” Muroff told the Tablet. “There’s a reason why it didn’t fit in the room and why we had to take the desk apart.”
Muroff later received a thank-you note from the owner.
"I do not think there are too many people in this world who would have done what you did," the note, obtained by blog Vos Iz Neias, said. "I will be forever grateful."