|Sidney Spiegelman, Z"L, 1920-2016|
My father could never tolerate any form of dishonesty, cheating. He was horrified when I told him that I was becoming religious, keeping Shabbat, Kashrut etc.
"My daughter is not going to be a ganiff, cheat/thief" he shouted.I asked him how being religious would make me a thief.
"When I started as an accountant, I worked for the New York State Insurance Fund, and every time I went into a business owned/run by Orthodox Jews, there was something crooked about their business."So I immediately promised to continue to be straight and honest, but I'd still observe the other mitzvot, like Shabbat and Kashrut.
And since we have no real proof as how Gd weighs our mitzvot, it may be that my father's yosher, honesty and caring for other people will be valued more than those who were mehadrin about their food but traif in how they handled money and business.