Tsuzamen Mitn Gelt: Abq Jew wishes an XXXL Mazeltov! to American novelist and philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, who has recently re-married after her 2019 divorce from - you, know, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
And who is also noted for being one of the world's richest people (her net worth is about $62 billion). Since her divorce, she has reportedly given away more than $4 billion of her fortune. With plenty more that she is planning to give.
Mackenzie Scott's new husband, Dan Jewett, is a high school chemistry teacher. Which should give us all some small hope that - with A Little Bit of Luck - a better life is achievable.
As Kohelet tells us:
The couple's marriage was announced joyfully via their page on The Giving Pledge, a campaign to encourage extremely wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. Where Dan writes:
It is strange to be writing a letter indicating I plan to give away the majority of my wealth during my lifetime, as I have never sought to gather the kind of wealth required to feel like saying such a thing would have particular meaning.
I have been a teacher for the majority of my life, as well as a grateful student of the generosity of those around me. This has meant doing my best to follow their example by passing on resources of all kinds—from time, to energy, to material possessions—when I have had them to give.
And now, in a stroke of happy coincidence, I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know—and joining her in a commitment to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others.
The word tzedaka derives from the Hebrew word tzedek, "justice."
Performing deeds of justice is perhaps the most important obligation Judaism imposes on the Jew. "Tzedek, tzedek you shall pursue," the Torah instructs (Deuteronomy 16:20).