Heavenly Assistance, for a Price

Rabbis Pinto and Ifergan have discovered that the Torah provides them with a way to combine money and spirituality, and accumulate vast sums of cash in the process.

In the film, "The Name of the Rose," Sean Connery's character is asked by his fellow monks: "Did Christ or did He not own the clothes that He wore?" The unusual question spotlights a 12th-century philosophical debate about whether truly pious men could actually own possessions, or should be satisfied with just basic sustenance and leave their focus to the purely spiritual.