By Bernie on 09 Jul 2012
Jewish Money Changer (1930s)
Photo Credit: Israel Daily Picture
In response to my article The Obama Drug - The Poison and the Cure, reader al Kidya left this comment both slapping me in the face and on the back:
Bernie, you are a very selfish and greedy human being who cares nothing about the over all welfare of his fellow human beings. But then you already know that. And please, do not call yourself an atheist. An atheist believes in nothing. You, on the other hand, do worship a god...you worship the 'God of Money'. What did the Torah say about that?
You really are a disgrace to your own people.
That being said, I still like most of your commentaries and will continue to follow your posts and off-hand jokes, which I love.
al Kidya, yes, it is true, I care more about myself and my family than the rest of the human race. If more people minded their own business and stopped interfering with all their good intentions, the world would be a happier, healthier, and richer place.
As for worshipping money, sorry, I do not pray to anything, nor do I believe anything is more valuable than human reason. It is rationality that tells me to put a certain percentage of my wealth in gold, as insurance against those who own printing presses.
As for what the Torah says about money, read below, and you will see that far from being a disgrace to my people, I am an exemplar of their highest virtue.
And thanks for reading.
So what does the Torah say about making money?
betemunah.org, Torah Economics
Making money is a Torah virtue, it is inherently moral. Prospering is a virtue.
The reason Jews have excelled in the area of economics is because they have believed that making money is a good thing in and of itself. When you are making money you are doing something good. Philanthropy and tzedaka (charity – righteousness) do not have to be the goal. Making money is, in the end, good.
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