Bill Clinton

Adar in a Season of Discontent…

02/27/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

On the way into Manhattan earlier this week to teach my seminar in the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, I had my radio tuned to WCBS, an all-news station.  The ride took about twenty-five minutes, and I don’t think I would be exaggerating if I said that the entire twenty-five minutes on the radio was taken up with bad news and worse news about the economy.  The only thing that bordered on something other than that was a report about Bill Clinton, complaining that President Obama was too focused in his public pronouncements on how bad the economy is.&nbsp

‘Never Too Big To Learn’

Staff Writer
01/16/2009
The biblical story of Samson and Delilah came alive recently for a group of 14 senior citizens who, in looking for parallels in today’s world, cited the cases of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former President Bill Clinton. Even Michelle Obama and her heritage became the subject of debate. The women, residents of the Gurwin Jewish-Fay J. Lindner Residences, an assisted living facility in Commack, L.I., were speaking of how Samson’s love for Delilah led him to reveal the secret of his superhuman strength.

Why Are Jewish Charities Giving Tzedakah To Clinton?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009 While the givers of tzedakah to Jewish organizations figure out that they, too, were scammed in the Madoff scandal, scammed by boards of trustees that paid millions of Jewish charity money to their fellow trustee, Ezra Merkin, for his very hard work of transferring their billions to Madoff, other givers of tzedakah might start taking a look at where their Jewish charity money goes.  

Hasidic Diamond Merchants, Hillary & The Price of Gas

Monday, November 17th, 2008   With Rahm Emanuel in the news, let’s catch up with some of the other Clintonistas.   There’s been much discussion over the oddity of Bush advisor Karl Rove suddenly being a member of the media (Fox News), to the extent that an analyst is. (Some analysts are, indeed, journalists, but too many are “homers,” as predictably devoted to their home team as Phil Rizzuto was in the Yankee both).  

‘Never Too Big To Learn’

At L.I. assisted living facility, 14 residents discuss Bible stories and contemporary society.

01/16/2009
Staff Writer
The biblical story of Samson and Delilah came alive recently for a group of 14 senior citizens who, in looking for parallels in today’s world, cited the cases of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former President Bill Clinton. Even Michelle Obama and her heritage became the subject of debate. The women, residents of the Gurwin Jewish-Fay J. Lindner Residences, an assisted living facility in Commack, L.I., were speaking of how Samson’s love for Delilah led him to reveal the secret of his superhuman strength.

Face Time

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
Sima Ariam is a good shot. Armed with nothing more than a Pentax automatic camera, she's prowled parties and public appearances waiting for the moment to strike. Then (click!) in the split second when her subjects unconsciously drop their public persona Ariam captures something she sees as more than a superficial image.

Politics Of Meaning Redux?

11/05/1999
Staff Writer
Back in their early White House days, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s more provocative guests was Michael Lerner, the Jewish activist and writer whose “politics of meaning” especially captured the first lady’s interest. That ended when Lerner overpublicized their personal relationship. But now Clinton’s vice president and personal choice for heir has found a politics-of-meaning guru of his own. And unlike Lerner, prominent feminist writer Naomi Wolf does not make free house calls.

Pursuing Refugees' Paper Trail

Israel to renew effort to document Jewish assets taken or lost in Arab countries.

05/17/2002
Staff Writer
In 1969, Israel announced a major project to document the potential billions of dollars in lost property that belonged to the estimated 850,000 Jews who fled or were forced to leave their native Arab countries because of persecution after the creation of the Jewish state. But the project was quickly abandoned.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act and other pro-Israel political games

Friday, December 4th, 2009 Is this news, or just restating the obvious? This week President Obama invoked waive provisions of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, which requires the State Department to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. U.S. policy has always been that the status of Jerusalem is a matter for negotiations with the Palestinians, and that moving the embassy before that would compromise this country’s ability to serve as an effective peace mediator.

Gore On Pollard: It's Justice's Call

12/17/1999
Staff Writer
Vice President Al Gore, making his first campaign trip to Brooklyn's Orthodox community, found himself at odds with supporters on several key issues: including private school vouchers and freedom for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Gore said Pollard should be granted clemency by the president only if the Justice Department recommends it. It apparently was the first time Gore has addressed the issue as he raises campaign funds for his 2000 Democratic presidential nomination bid.
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