Given the bad press of late to investors and bankers, how wonderful it was, at President Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress, to have a Jewish banker from Miami, Leonard Abess, sitting next to Michele Obama and recognized for dividing the $60 million bonus he received, for selling his bank, among all 399 people who worked for him as well as another 72 who had retired.

Kudos to Leonard Abess. He represents one of the most sacred Jewish traditions, as commanded in the Bible, of giving tzedakah, which means both justice (or righteousness) and charity.