Human Interest

Our Selective Outrage

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

It’s safe to say that Bernie Madoff is the most hated man in America today. He deserves every bit of the scorn heaped upon him by the public, and not an ounce of sympathy. 

 

But I’m wondering how many people reading this know the name Terry J. Sedlacek? What about Michael McLenden or Mazeltov Borukhova?

 

The People Of The Books: “Breathtaking” Display of Hebrew Books and Manuscripts

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

A visit to Sotheby’s during the ten-day exhibit of the Valmadonna Trust Library, which ended last Thursday, was remarkable on two levels - the contents themselves, and the outpouring of New Yorkers who came to see them.

Sports Illustrated Raises the Bar

02/11/2009
Staff Writer

Move over, Tzipi Livni. Another prominent Israeli woman is getting a fair bit of international exposure this week.

Bar Refaeli

Last-minute pardon speculation and Jonathan Pollard

Monday, January 19th, 2009 James Besser in Washington With just hours left in George W. Bush’s presidency, speculation is at flood tide about possible last-minute pardons and commutations. Yesterday’s Politico took a look at some high-profile cases that could grab Bush’s attention as he packs his bags for Texas (read the story here) .

The Gaza War: Return to Comfortable Territory for Jewish Groups

Friday, January 2nd, 2009 James Besser in Washington This is a really delicate question, so don’t get me wrong.  But I can’t help thinking American Jewish groups are taking a certain satisfaction that the Gaza offensive and the predictable shift of world opinion against Israel are presenting them a problem they know how to deal with – unlike the financial carnage that is upending the Jewish world and threatening the survival of some venerable institutions.

Madoff with the Monday: Impact of Financial Scandal Could Run Deep

Sunday, December 14th, 2008 James Besser in Washington It’s the weekend, so official reaction from Jewish groups has been limited, but communal boardrooms will be buzzing on Monday as the devastation apparently wreaked by Bernard Madoff,  the onetime hedge fund mastermind, sinks in. Madoff was arrested on Friday after admitting to colleagues that his hedge fund was a $50 billion sham – the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. Concerns among Jewish leaders center on three issues.

Hillary at State? Not so Fast

Sunday, November 16th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Will  President-Elect Barack Obama pick Sen. Hillary Clinton, his vanquished rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, as secretary of state?  Two weeks ago, experts scoffed at the idea, but a meeting between the two in Chicago on Thursday has set political tongues wagging.

Claiming Paul Newman

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Now that Paul Newman is gone, Jews obsessed with knowing whether celebrities are Jewish or not (which seems to account for everyone I’ve ever met), are notingwith pride that the legendary actor and gentleman considered himself one of the tribe.

Bad News for Jewish Dems: Carter Speaking At Convention

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 James Besser in Washington The Barack Obama presidential campaign, still fighting hard to shore up the Jewish vote (this week Daniel Shapiro, an advisor to the campaign, signed on as official Jewish outreach coordinator) can’t be entirely thrilled with today’s announcement of additional speakers for next week’s convention. Buried in a long list of names was one certain to raise the hackles of many Jewish voters: former President Jimmy Carter.
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