Rarely has an op-ed piece (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/opinion/why-i-am-leaving-goldman-sachs.html) generated as much discussion as Greg Smith’s recent explanation of how the corporate culture at Goldman Sachs led him to resign. His article has opened up old wounds on the excesses that contributed to the financial near-meltdown of 2008. The reaction, both pro and con, demonstrates that he has hit a raw nerve.
In an almost unbelievable application of the verse, “Love your neighbour as yourself”, our Sages teach that one must give a convicted killer a “pleasant death”. Even those who commit capital crimes are to be dealt with humanely.