Pirkei Avot 4:17
Rabbi Shimon said: There are three crowns—the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship; but the crown of a good name surpasses them all.
The above verse in the Ethics of the Fathers came to mind when I read the following in the New York Post.
Bernie Madoff's daughter-in-law wants to divorce herself and her kids from their sullied last name.
Stephanie Madoff, who is married to the Ponzi schemer's son Mark, filed papers yesterday in Manhattan Supreme Court seeking to change her and her young kids' last name to the far less controversial "Morgan," to avoid the "embarrassment, harassment and endangerment associated with the name," she said.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/kin_we_quit_being_madoffs_mV0MoyueHpeRaPPSGOlILP#ixzz0gYcVZLm9
If I had to change my last name, I would be in a terrible quandary. I've narrowed it down to two names - Goldberg or Rockefeller. I can't decide. Which one would you choose?