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Sometimes Men Do Appear Out of Thin Air

Walking home from yoga I decided to cut through a pretty, tree-lined neighborhood.

On the way I noticed that someone had propped up framed art and a few boxes of stuff next to a garbage bin. I figured someone had moved out and just dumped the things they didn’t want so I crept closer to take a peek. My apartment was in need of a few decorative items.

Just then a head popped up from behind a wall.

Hitler's Historian, Hugh Trevor-Roper

At last. A new biography of Hugh Trevor-Roper, recently published in the UK, gets past the tired controversy over his "Hitler diary" mistake.  Trevor-Roper (1914-2003), the leading British historian that did more than anyone to begin serious scholarship on Hitler, made the notorious error of authenticating forged Hitler diaries in 1983.  As this biography shows, however, he retracted withing two weeks, getting his boss, Rupert Murdoch--who planned to publish them after Trevor-Roper's stamp of approval--very mad. "Fuck Dache," Murdoch said of Trevor-Roper, referring to his Baron name.

My 15 Minutes With George Steinbrenner

My one personal encounter with George Steinbrenner was brief but memorable. It took place at a Yankees-Orioles playoff game in October 1996, and came about thanks to an introduction extended to me by my younger son, Dov, who was 15 at the time.

It was an afternoon game at Yankee Stadium, the day after my beloved Orioles had been robbed of victory by Jeffrey Maier, the 12-year-old who reached out from the bleachers to turn a sure out into a home run for Derek Jeter.

(I try not to hold grudges but that kid should have been carted off to jail for thievery…)

Mayor of the Minyan

Every synagogue minyan (daily prayer group) has the one person who always seems to be there. In some congregations, this might be the gabbai (a ritual director of sorts). In other shuls it might be the rabbi. And in others it might be a lay person who is very dedicated and wants to ensure there is always a minyan (quorum of 10) so others can say the Mourner's Kaddish. Some minyans have a group of dedicated individuals who make it a point to always attend -- regardless of rain, sleet or snow.

Forget being a sage, prophet or king... become the mayor of your minyan!

Arizona immigration law lesson: political demagoguery works

There are a lot of scary aspects to Arizona's Draconian new immigration law, but the scariest might be this: it has worked like a charm for the politicians who supported it.

Internet Dating: The Secret To Staying Single Forever

Why did no one tell me about Edna O'Brien?

I'm lapping up Girls in their Married Bliss after finding it on the five-shekel rack at my favorite used bookstore.

Which is another way of saying, Why can’t I just stay home and read books? Why must I endlessly search for a husband when I should be lying prone on the snake chair reading? Particularly because I happen to be lousy at the former and so very talented at the later?

Broadcasting For Schmucks, and Other Randomness

Just because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government's restriction of what it deems profanity on public airwaves is unconstitutional, doesn't mean standards are going out the window, says a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters. 

"I think the notion that broadcasters are going to be dropping the f-bomb in prime time is ludicrous," Dennis Wharton told the Wall Street Journal Tuesday. "fI we wanted to do that we could do that from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m."

Obama's Israel interview, and the U.S.-Israel emotional gap

What is it about the Israeli psyche that talks about a U.S.-Israel alliance, but really demands an America that lavishes love on the Jewish state? And what is it about American policymakers that make them so blind to this need?

Looking for Harvey Pekar

The death this week of Harvey Pekar--the renowned, cantankerous cartoonist, and a Jew from Cleveland--cast a somber mood over the cultural landscape.  But for Jews in particular, the loss was significant.  One of his less publicized projects that he's currentlly under contract for, before his death on Monday, at age 70, was a history of Israel. 

Jack Lew to head budget office, deal with flood of red ink

The job will look familiar, but when Jack Lew takes over as director of the Office of Management and Budget the challenges will look a whole lot more daunting than when he held the post during the last two years of the Bill Clinton administration.

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