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April 29, 1988 - Image 30

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An Embarrassment of Riches

Continued from Page 28

monks and nuns. Poverty is
degrading. As Sholom
Aleichem put it, "when a poor
man eats chicken, one of
them is sick:' Judaism never
espoused a pinched-nose
puritanism that H.L. Men-
cken described as "the haunt-
ing fear that someone, some-
where may be happy." To the
contrary, we declare "Serve
the Lord with joy."
Every Sabbath eve and in
the prayer for the new month,
Jews pray for parnasah, for a
life of sustenance, and for
osher v'kavod, a life of wealth
and honor. Judaism is a
preponderantly this-worldly,
optimistic tradition en-
couraging human initiative,
energy and the enjoyment of
all the permissible treasures
in this world.
I respect wealth and do not
deride it nor those who earn
it. Far from embarrassed by
prosperity, I am deeply em-
barrassed by the desecration
of wealth, the disrespect for
money, and the misuse of its
power. Money is not the root
of evil anymore than wine is
the cause of intoxication.
It is not the coin that is
evil, but the coin pressed
against the eye that blocks
out the whole world. With the
confusion of ends and means,
life is trivialized. The idolo-
trous pursuit of "more" ends
in the miseries so often
testified to in the revelations
of the rich and the famous..
The exposure of corruption
in New York politics, of fraud,
bribery, tax evasion and the
number of Jewish names
associated with it — Lind-
auer, Lipschutz, Manes,
Simon, Friedman, Ehrlich,
Kaplan, along with the Wall
Street scandals and the
names of Levine, Siegal and
Boesky embarrass me — but
not because of Lama yomru
hagoyim, what will the gen-
tiles say. But what will our
children and grandchildren
say.
The perversion of Judaism
is a more serious apostasy
than the conversion of Jews.
For if individual Jews assim-
ilate to another faith, we may
correct them with the ethics
and theology of Judaism; but
if normative Judaism itself is
converted into hyper-mater-
ialism, what are we defend-
ing, and with what? Against
the thrust of cults, mixed
marriage, assimilation, we
can struggle, provide argu-
ments, change the environ-
ment; but when the very
-foundation of Judaism is
subverted, when Judaism
itself becomes deethicized, we
are left defenseless.
While opposing the asceti-
cism and self-denial of other
traditions, Judaism unam-
biguously repudiates the
obsessive drivenness for

possession, the conspicuous
and wasteful consumption of
the world and the sharp prac-
tices which raise knees and
elbows over heart and mind.
Those who have "made it" are
challenged not by physical
destruction or material
bankruptcy but by our
spiritual capacity to cope
with abundance.
Precisely because our tradi-
tion has its eye on this world
and how it is lived, the
Talmud imagines a series of
questions to be answered at
the end of our lives. The
leading question is Nosata
v'notata b'emunah — "Did
you deal honestly in your
business?" Precisely because

The appeal to place
limits on the excess
of Bar/Bat Mitzvah
celebrations is made
not only to the
parents but to the
young people who are
to be inducted into
the tradtion.

ours is a this-worldly tradi-
tion, our Biblical and rabbinic
ethic stresses the importance
of moral behavior between an
employer and employee, seller
and buyer, professional and
client.
The Jewish Bible is not
about abstract formulations
of the nature of God or salva-
tion but about the concrete
dealings in the marketplace.
"You shall not falsify mea-
sures of length, weight or
measures. You shall have an
honest balance and honest
weights" (Leviticus 19:35).
You shall not deceive anyone
through "stealth of mind."
You shall not rationalize your
overcharging or disinforma-
tion by claiming "caveat emp-
tor" — let the buyer beware.
Against that ethos Judaism
declares, "caveat venditor,"
"let the seller beware." lb be
a good Jew is to be careful not
to place a stumbling block
before the blind or curse the
deaf. 'lb be a good Jew is not
alone to observe what goes in-
to your mouth but to watch
what goes into your business
dealings.
Jewish ethics is predicated
upon a fundamental belief
about the ownership of pos-
sessions. "The earth is the
Lord's and all that is in it."
Bless the earth, work its soil
but remember that your pos-
sessions are derived from God
and consequently every
energy, power, and good must
be used in a Godly fashion —
to heal, not to hurt, to profit,
not to steal, to raise up, not
to grind down the faces of the
poor.

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