What does Jewish law say about her responsibility to snitch?
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
Special to the Jewish Week
Question: Should Mrs. Madoff have reported Bernie? What does Jewish law say about her obligations?
Let's assume for the sake of argument that Ruth knew about the Ponzi scheme and that Bernie's crimes were committed while of sound mind and body. From the public record there is little information about Bernie's mental state - aside from indications he is a grade-A sociopath, of course.
So should Ruth have blown the whistle on Bernie? By all means.
Family loyalty cuts deep in Jewish tradition, but not that deep.
I just finished Andrew Kirtzman’s excellent book, “Betrayal: The Life And Lies of Bernie Madoff,” which traces the evolution of an ambitious kid who started a lawn-sprinkler business into the man who would steal billions and wreck thousands of lives.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
So Ponzi king Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years, and the blogosphere is aflame with the outrage and anguish of the victims of this record-breaking swindler. While significant recovery seems unlikely for most, there’s a degree of satisfaction that he didn’t get away with the usual wrist-slapping white collar sentence.
But to me some of the case’s most important questions remain unanswered.