PPP left many small businesses behind. Next stimulus cannot do the same
As legislators debate another coronavirus relief package, they must include three components: one stimulus directed toward small businesses, another for individuals and a third that makes bank regulation part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
I spent the holidays with Scott Shay, banker extraordinaire, visionary Jewish community leader, provocative author – and truth seeker. True, he was in Manhattan while I was in Jerusalem. And we’ve actually only met three times. But his latest book, In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, is so personal and accessible that while reading it, you feel you’re communing with him – and Him!
In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism by Scott A. Shay
Religion can be both inspiring and distressing. And many critiques of it are simultaneously compelling and dubious. Shay examines atheist arguments with a refreshing modern eye in this comprehensive look at our most fundamental questions about faith and reason.
Book Review: ‘In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism’
The idea for Scott’s new book began over lunch one day with a friend; naturally the conversation turned to faith and God. The friend commented, “We humans can figure out right from wrong for ourselves without the help of some nonexistent god or his or its imagined laws… humanity should not waste time on worshipping some made-up god.”
A Contrarian’s View of the Uses, and Abuses, of Free Speech
Most citizens in the United States take the First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech as a source of patriotic pride. We have been taught that all speech is protected. Bad speech is overcome with good speech. No matter how much harm speech inflicts, when the First Amendment is in question, the Supreme Court feels it is its duty to defend all speech.
A Jewish Christmas wish: Let’s replace replacement theology once and for all
Jews of my father’s generation, at least a good deal of them, dreaded Christmas. Today my family enjoys the holiday, fearlessly feasting at Chinese restaurants. Jews and Christians now live and celebrate in peace because Christians have largely abandoned replacement theology.
It is not news that the Catholic Church is in crisis. It’s a crisis that seemed to unfold in slow motion but is excruciatingly acute. For years the number of young people leaving the Church has been rising.
One God, No God, Idolatry, and More: A Conversation with Author Scott Shay
Scott A. Shay, founder of Signature Bank, is an entrepreneur, thought leader, Jewish community activist, and author of two books: Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry and In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, a National Jewish Book Award finalist and voted one of the best books of 2018 by Mosaic Authors.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party domination of China, Chairman Xi Jinping, adorned in a Mao suit, rode in an open-top armored Hongqi Limo. The ceremony he presided over as the guest of honor began with a monumental musical concert, followed by a gargantuan civilian-military parade, and culminating in his rousing speech.
Dodd-Frank aided 'too-big-to-fail'; new bank law will halt that
Critics of Wall Street continue to voice loud concerns about the recently passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. For those Americans who seek greater competition and less concentration in the banking industry, this opposition is deeply misguided.
ATHEISTS AND MONOTHEISTS: UNITED AGAINST IDOLATRY?
Modern readers often have difficulty relating to biblical polemics against idolatry. Idolatry just doesn’t seem to be a problem for us. But in his book In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, Scott A. Shay argues that the Bible’s stand against idolatry is still as important as ever.
The Fed’s Libor Replacement Would Shackle Small Banks
The Federal Reserve’s “solution” for one big problem risks creating another. The task force it convened to study reference rates—the interest-rate benchmarks used to determine rates throughout the economy—aims to impose a new standard to replace the London interbank offered rate, which is due to expire in 2021.