Aug. 27, 2020

Peter Borish on Leviticus 25:35-38 – “No standing by”

On today’s episode, Mark is joined by legendary Wall Street trader, Peter Borish. In addition to his success in business, Peter is also a founding member of the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization which funds New York City educational projects for disadvantaged children, and a founding board member of Math for America, a non-profit whose goal is to improve mathematical education in U.S. public schools. The passage he has chosen to discuss with Mark is Leviticus 25:35-38.

Peter begins by explaining how he predicted the 1987 stock market crash, the role of the Robin Hood Foundation, and his reasons for selecting this passage. Together, he and Mark analyze the passage and its message of treating others as family, the call for obligation and responsibility, and the importance of acting righteously particularly during times of increased difficulties such as the current pandemic. Peter finishes by stressing the need to learn about yourself, shares the advice he offers those just beginning their careers, and, as with every guest, relates the lessons about mankind which he has learned. Today’s episode focuses on our obligation and responsibility to treat others as family, and it is brought to you by two men who daily live this passage – listen in to become informed and inspired.

Episode Highlights:

  • How Peter predicted the 1987 stock market crash
  • The role of the Robin Hood Foundation over the years
  • Why Peter chose this passage
  • Treating other people as family
  • Obligation and responsibility vs. charity
  • The importance of acting righteously particularly during times of increased difficulties
  • The need to learn about yourself
  • Peter’s advice to those he meets who are just beginning their careers
  • The lessons about mankind which Peter has learned


“The stock market crash precipitated the founding of Robin Hood.”

“I think that in a nutshell was a little bit of the philosophy of Robin Hood.”

“They are your brothers and sisters.”

“It’s the right thing to do.”

“You can’t be righteous without giving.”

“If you give it away, you will make it.”

“Giving becomes a habit.”

“You take pleasure in raising people up to your level.”

“Loyalty comes because you are interested in them.”

Leviticus 25:35-38 If your kinsman, being in straits, comes under your authority, and you hold him as though a resident alien, let him live by your side: do not exact from him advance or accrued interest, but fear your God. Let him live by your side as your kinsman. Do not lend him your money at advance interest, or give him your food at accrued interest. I the LORD am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be your God.


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