The Brotherhood of MoneyDaphne, honey, we want to know if your brother lost all of your money for you. Because reading the news and making the assumption that you'd let him handle it all for you, that is a fair conclusion.
by Daphne Merkin
In the wake of the Madoff affair I have been thinking about the invisibility of women other than in behind-the-scene roles as enabling wives who serve as silent business partners or facilitating daughters (married off in a seemingly cold-blooded manner that might cause even Jane Austen to raise an eyebrow) serving as an advancing flotilla of social connections. Money, it goes without saying, is still a men's club of the most secretive kind...more
"So it would seem," as J. Ezra Merkin, your brother might have said to you icily when you asked him pleadingly if you lost all of your money in the Madoff crash. Why not just tell us what you lost? Oh, yes, you must have heard from Andrew Levander, the famous trial lawyer, that it is best not to say anything.
Perhaps you do tell us anyway in a thinly encoded way by saying next in your cryptic posting, "I have also been thinking about Michael Gold's book, Jews Without Money, and the world of Jewish immigrants..."
Is that your way of hinting to us that you now are one of those Jews without money?
 My use of the quote, "So it would seem" is an allusion to something J. Ezra Merkin once said to a member of my immediate family after being told of a tragic event.