Questioning faith in the parsha
Family Values, by Joseph Epstein
“Apart from your brother,” my father used to say, “money is your best friend.”
He said it to me early, and he said it more than once. He made a good amount of it, too, especially for someone who never finished high school. Money was the source of much of the pleasure he took in life.
I may have been less impressed with money than my father was, but I certainly never thought it a trivial matter. Even as a boy, I noticed many of the things money could do: among them, gain you respect and give you confidence.
I could see where money might be your friend, if not quite your best friend, but the problem I had with my father’s maxim was the introductory part about my brother. I never came near to thinking of my brother, Lou, as my best friend, though there were times when I would have liked to. We never fought, Lou and I, but neither did we get along all that well—not, I suspect, that Lou ever noticed…..
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