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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.