Leon Charney was a ba’al tzedaka – a truly charitable man.
I was privileged and honored to know Leon Charney, who passed away this week, for over 35 years. He was a true role model, in more ways than one. This was a man who accomplished much in his lifetime, but due to his humility, did not broadcast it.
Most noteworthy, perhaps, were his midot tovot (positive character traits).
Leon was the antithesis of a braggart. With all that he had accomplished in the business world (a successful attorney who transitioned into a major Midtown Manhattan landlord; ranking among the Forbes 400); a media personality (host of the TV show The Leon Charney Report); a political player (few are aware of the role he played on back channel for president Jimmy Carter during the negotiation of the Camp David Accords with Egypt) both in the United States and in Israel (a confidant of president Ezer Weizman, among others), he was not one to toot his own horn.
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