Jewish Journal


February 15, 2009

Krefetz: For Jews, money is like sex



I read a pair of books this morning titled “Jews and Money.” The subtitle on the first, by Gerald Krefetz, was “The Myths and the Reality;” the latter, by Edouard Valdman, was “Toward a Metaphysics of Money.”

The books contained a handful of interesting insights that provide a deeper context for the connection between Jews and money—“money and Jews are the same thing: they both wander,” Valdman writes—but it was this comment from Krefetz, explaining why so many Jews work in the financial field, that was most memorable:

“The money game holds a fascination for Jews that some might say is equivalent to sex to the French, food to the Chinese and power to the politician.”

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