IF WE have learned one thing from the Bernard Madoff scandal, it’s that the Jewish community is in need of new heroes. No longer can we look up only to those who are billionaires, even if they are significant philanthropists. If we continue to highlight money men as Jewish role models, then we create the conditions for more Jews to cut corners to make a buck at any cost so that they receive the recognition of their peers.
Our community must stand first and foremost for godly values. Everything else is secondary.
LOOK, I’M not naÃ¯ve. I understand that money makes the world go round. Without cash, the shuls can’t open, the schools would close and Jews would be returned to the impoverished life we suffered for centuries.
But there has to be a balance.
Some sane words.