It started with Sam Antar, cousin and accomplice of the infamous Crazy Eddie who defrauded the government and investors in a colossal electronics retail scam. Then came Melvyn Weiss, the disbarred lawyer who spent a year in jail for giving kickbacks to plaintiffs in his class action suits.
For the past six months that I've been saying Kaddish, my weekday mincha stop has been at Manhattan Judaica on West 45th Street, a few blocks away from The Jewish Week's office.
It's a quick, no-nonsense minyan where I often see people I know, including the owner, David Vesely, a friend since high school. Another advantage is that it's an opportunity to pick up occasional necessary items, like mezuzut, a talit bag cover or havdalah candle.
What would you do if you were a Shabbat observer on a delayed flight late Friday afternoon and it became increasingly unlikley you'd get to your destination before sundown? Ask to get off the plane, or stick it out and hope for the best?
Maybe you shouldn't have been on the flight in the first place.
Submitted by Adam Dickter on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 15:28
This week's meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment didn't get much press coverage, but it was the scene of what could be said to be an opening shot in the battle to preserve (or enhance) Jewish voting power as the Empire State gets ready to redraw its state and federal district maps.
Submitted by Adam Dickter on Thu, 09/22/2011 - 16:20
With the 9th CD, for the first time in nearly everyone’s lifetime, in Republican hands, giving New York City a rare duo of GOP congressmen (with Staten Island’s Mike Grimm), I’ve been wondering who’s sorry now.
For 30 years, Hank Sheinkopf has been offering his advice to candidates and his analysis of the political landscape to the media. Now, he’s also fielding questions about halacha and offering comfort to the spiritually afflicted – as a newly ordained Orthodox rabbi.