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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 20, 2012/ 6 Kislev, 5773

My Friend Mary

By Alan Douglas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It has been four months since my last commentary. I'm not sure if anyone other than Luther K. Lunchbucket, Dr. Dick, The Crusader for Justice, and my other correspondents noticed.

My "revealing mirth" or "appalling drivel", depending upon which of my readers you consult, has returned. The election is over, the people have spoken, and we have elected one of the Harvard men as President again. But that's not why I am back. I am writing once again because I had lunch with my friend, Mary. After lunch with Mary, I came to believe that my life, and all of our lives, hangs in the balance.

The Talmud tells us that there are thirty-six, righteous people on earth, upon whose existence we all depend. The thirty-six, are hidden among the rest. That's right, in each generation or so there are sleeper saints. Without these saintlike human beings the scales would tip in judgment against us.

These thirty-six good people save our species from divine destruction. This is must be quite an honor for these folks, but also; a crushing burden.

From an early age, it was obvious that I was not one of the 36. Every so often, I look around and notice a person in the crowd that looks like Brad Pitt. Or someone driving a car that looks just like Tom Selleck, or some other celebrity. And just as I see celebrities everywhere, I occasionally believe that I get a glimpse of one of the thirty-six hidden saints on earth.

My friend Mary might be one of the thirty-six. She is kind, a wonderful wife, mother, sister, child, and she performs acts of kindness. She makes an effort to do the right thing, to be reverent, and she laughs. As an operating room nurse and a volunteer on missionary trips Mary sees so much that is ugly and nasty in the world, but she can still laugh. She tripped over a misplaced cord in the operating room and was seriously injured. Still, Mary laughed, and through treatments, and procedures, and surgery she was determined to keep working and doing charity work.

But even an earthly saint these days has to deal with the Legal Department and the Human Resources executives. So, Mary found herself facing the quantifying, number crunching process called Workers Compensation that deals with injuries suffered on the job. It was agreed that Mary could do something, despite her disability. But what?

Mary found work at new health clinic being started in her area to help low-income citizens. Not as much money, but worthwhile, and it utilized her years of experience. Mary's employer said they would "assist her in her job search" and they found some jobs for her. It was one of these opportunities that got Mary in trouble. They had Mary apply for a job as a loan specialist at a payday loan company that specialized in offer easy terms, and astronomical interest rates. They were pleasantly surprised to inform Mary that she had been selected for an interview with the payday loan company.

Mary's lawyer warned her that unless Mary went to the interview and explored this opportunity that she would jeopardize her eligibility for Workers Compensation.

Mary went, and being the bright, wonderful person that she is, the payday loan people said they would like to hire her. Mary told them she would accept, but that because of her religious beliefs, she was compelled to give those receiving loans most of her salary to defray the large amount of interest. They wouldn't hire her and the Human Resources and Legal Departments cried, "Foul!"

There are rules in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim and other religions prohibiting usury and as Mishle Yehoshua said, "There are a thousand ways to do injustice without breaking a single law." The payday loan business exists for a reason, and it is legal. Should Mary have to violate her religious beliefs to work there?

This is a more than a clever legal tactic by an attorney; it is an example of gaming the system to the point where the system is wrong. Mary is willing to live with the consequences of her act, and laugh about it.

Me, well, we've already established that I'm not that saintly. Knowing that there are people out there like Mary, who each day live according to their conscience and religious beliefs, with grace and humor, makes me truly believe there are also thirty-five other people like her out there in the world. I may not qualify to be one of them, but at least I can still point them out to you.

As our lunch ended, Mary said, "When are you going to start writing your column again? I miss them". That was enough for me.

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JWR contributor, Alan Douglas, an author, media executive, award winning screenwriter (not produced), and attorney, lives con brio- except when he is grumpy.


Previously:

Jeopardy, American Violence, and the Radio City Rockettes
What Your Children and Grandchildren Are Doing
Family Dinner
Library Idol Worship
Holocaust Survivor, Museum Founder, Fired by Phone
Florida Attorneys to Shake Hands with the Devil
Holiday for the fallen and failed
Black History Month, Politics, and the Ice Cream Scoop
Friends With Benefits
Pilgrimages
Moneyball, Economics and Medicine
Justice, My Aunt, and Gretsky
Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Home Depot
Glenn Beck, Norway, Hitler and Me
D Day: The Ripple Effect
What are you paying for?
Law, Etiquette and 5 Rules
Inspiration
Confusing Kindness with Weakness
When Katie Couric Got Pulled Off the Air…
Don't second guess the deceased
Pain and legacies
Being in the No
The Sixth Sense
Dogs in Danger
Facebook, LinkedIn and the Zuckerberg Exit
Simon Bolivar Would Tell Glenn Beck to, ‘Put A Sock In It’
Children and Grandchildren
Swearing, Shoes, and Mark Twain
How my poor man's Porsche, Virgil, prepared me for life
Leases and Landing Gear
The Oscars, Obama and Job Creation
Damages and Penalties
Obstacles with Impossibilities
Making Others Feel Bad
Referrals and Recommendations
Woodpecker Frustration
Phrases, Not Resolutions
I Was A Crime Fighter and Super Hero
Comforting with Sympathizing
Nautical Worry Killers
Can You Keep A Secret?
Holiday Card Hazards
Gifts
Sharing, Transparency and Dumping
Red Alert
Readers Respond Regarding Rabbi
Readers: I Need Your Help with my Rabbi
Humphrey Bogart and P. T. Barnum on Fighting with Family and Friends
Columbus, Honors and Hound Dogs
The Free Lunch
When your child suffers
Conversational Transmitted Diseases
Conservative, Liberal or American
Paris, Antarctica and Shopping
Personal Protection
Dispute Resolution
Jumped or Pushed?
Friends and Acquaintances
Revenge and Vindication

© 2010 Alan Douglas

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