Listening to Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard's fervent supporters talk, you'd think he was in a medieval dungeon, complete with anti-Semitic sadists as guards and a squalid physical environment as bad as anything during the Spanish Inquisition.
The Jerusalem Post is reporting merger talks between the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress.
Pardon me while I snort.
In 23 years on this beat, I can't tell you how many times I've written about rumors of a merger between these two groups that have sometimes quarreled over which has the right to be called "AJC." It's never amounted to much except talk.
At the end of 1992, referring to a 12-month period of embarrassing family woes including three of her four children’s marital break-ups, Queen Elizabeth famously declared the year an “annus horribilus.”
Any Jewish leader reviewing the events of the past 12 months might well refer to 5769 in the more familiar vernacular as an “annus bloodytsuris.”
I’ve been a congregational rabbi now for almost thirty years, and I’ve learned lots of things about lots of things. I know a lot more about human nature and the human condition than I possibly could have known when I was new to the craft, and of course, I’m still learning.
Like so many other rabbis across the world, I devoted my sermon this past Shabbat to the lessons to be learned from the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal. I talked about linking one’s actions in the “real world” to ethics and morality, and how, in the Jewish way of looking at things, there is no line of demarcation between the “real world” and one’s religious life. When one perverts the system and creates that dichotomy, the potential for Hillul Hashem- the desecration of God’s name- is enormous. The damage that Bernie Madoff has
It’s just about at this time of year that I begin thinking in earnest of the topics that I want to address in my High Holiday sermons. Some years ago, in a fit of preparedness, I wrote my sermons early in July, and then Yasser Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin shook hands on the South Lawn of the White House in August and ruined every rabbi’s already-written sermons for that year. I’ve learned!
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
Some readers have asked for more info on Satmar’s real estate holdings in relation to Kiryas Joel being the poorest community in the country, according to the latest government figures.
While too many Jewish communities historically had to struggle amid the curse of anti-Semitism, American Jewry is flummoxed by its blessings.
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It is tragic yet emblematic that Bernie Madoff, the billion-dollar Ponzi schemer, is this last decade’s most influential American Jew. In fairness, if this great economic recession recedes, thanks to Time’s 2009 Person of the Year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, historians will remember Bernanke more than Madoff. But it is premature to assess Bernanke’s success, while the damage Madoff caused was clear.
And you thought health care reform was the big issue on Capital Hill this month? What about tax relief for Bernie Madoff's army of victims?
A year after the Madoff affair broke into headlines across the world, a coalition representing the victims of Madoff's and other Ponzi rip-offs are lobbying for legislation to provide an extended “carryback” period for their losses.