The Financial Crisis: What Would the Talmud Do? By David Van Biema
The article starts with a picture of a Kabbalah student. Huh?
Is Time being serious? I find that hard to imagine.
So what's the purpose of this article? Is it a thinly disguised slap at all present-day economists and money managers? Is it a way to mock regulation of the market by suggesting that it's best left in the ancient religious libraries?
Or perhaps Time is saying: You financial guys have led us so far into the wilderness. Even the ancient rabbis could have done better!
In any event, I think this Time revelation comes with a big smirk. They are saying, here is a sideshow to entertain you in this bleak financial period. To me it seems that Time is in no way sincere or serious.
Carolyn writes to us:
I think "Kaballah" was a mistake. Perhaps someone used the word "halacha" and the reporter, unfamiliar with it, wrote down the more publicly-heard word, "kaballah".
Nothing in the article had to do with mysticism or kaballah.
All the best,