Bit by Bit We Lose it All as Others Gain

25 Oct

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I observe Shabbat although in a somewhat unconventional way. In my readings this morning for the weekly Torah portion dealing with the building of Noah’s ark, I came across a piece written by Rabbi Yehuda Appel in which he states:

“In the era of the Flood, the Sages suggest a deeper malady associated with the rampant thievery. The Midrash reports that often many thieves would descend on their victim together, but each of them would take only a very small quantity of goods to insure their individual exemption from prosecution. The thieves would repeat this over and over again. The end result was that though they had become enriched, the thieves could rationalize they hadn’t really done anything wrong, for, after all, no court was demanding they stand trial.”

This insight reminded me of the role of banks and other financial institutions in our lives today. Arrogance, bullying, self-deception all…

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