On Sunday, November 8, 2009, in The Sunday Times, Goldman Sachs’ CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, said he was doing “God’s work.” How accurate is his claim?
Mr. Blankfein is Jewish, as this jinsider.com article states, entitled, “Top Wall Street Jew: Lloyd Blankfein.” The oldest and most authoratative source to test his claim would be the Torah — the five books of Moses.
In the Torah, specifically in Deuteronomy, chapter 15, verses 1 to 3, we have the following English translation from the New International Version:
“1. At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts.
2. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel the loan he has made to his fellow Israelite. He shall not require payment from his fellow Israelite or brother, because the LORD’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed.
3. You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your brother owes you.“
Therefore, in order for him to be doing God’s work, according to his religion, every seven years, he’d have to cancel all debts to fellow Israelites, now Jews, and keep them for all non-Jews. Where is the evidence Goldman Sachs is doing this? I can’t find any. In fact, I can only find evidence to the contrary. Namely, that all debts are kept past seven years for Jews and non-Jews alike.
For those who will argue that the Torah no longer applies to Jews, or that they can pick and choose which commandments to follow, that would indeed come as a surprise to Orthodox Jews, who I believe, rightly follow all of the Torah. Otherwise, what authority does anyone have to pick and choose which commandments of God to follow, if indeed they all be from God, as Orthodox Jews claim. If the Torah is inauthentic, in whole or in part, then Mr. Blankfein needs to cite his evidence to justify his claim that he’s doing “God’s work,” when he’s not following one of his God’s commandments.
To those who would say that God’s commandments in the Torah don’t apply to the actions of those working as employees of corporations, one need look no further than Exodus 32, to see that such an excuse doesn’t wash. Cite me a single verse that shows the actions of individuals were excused as a result of their participation as a group. Indeed, Aaron was held accountable for the actions of his fellow Israelites in worshipping the Golden Calf, when Moses was up on Mount Sinai.
Finally, to those who would say that all religions are fantasy, including Judaism, I say to them, that’s irrelevant to whether Mr. Blankfein’s claim that he’s doing God’s work should be held up to scrutiny, based on his own beliefs about God.