Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Is Greed Godly


Is Greed Godly?

Jews may be well represented in the annals of white-collar fraud, but halacha explicitly requires us to be honest, taxpaying citizens.



Greed,” Jewish stock speculator Ivan Boesky declared in 1985, “is healthy,” a thought echoed by the fictional Gordon Gekko in the 1987 movie “Wall Street,” starring Michael Douglas. It was such a great line, that it was used again in the recent sequel: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
Shylock, of course, is the paradigmatic greedy Jewish moneylender portrayed by Shakespeare in “Merchant of Venice.” The play was written about 1597 by someone who likely never met a Jew, as Jews were expelled from England in 1290 and weren’t allowed to return until 1640.
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