Robin Williams

Doctor Clown Healer

12/19/2008
Staff Writer
The most memorable incident in the life of 16-year-old Oopsie took place last year in a stranger’s hospital room in Israel. Oopsie is the non-de-plume of Zachy Adler, a yeshiva high school student from Woodmere, L.I., who, as a clown outfitted with makeup, red foam-rubber nose and floppy ears, entertains kids in hospitals and senior citizens in nursing homes in both Israel and the United States. Visiting Tel Aviv’s Tel HaShomer Hospital with a group of fellow young clowns from the New York area, he noticed a sad-looking girl sitting alone in an open room.

Days Of Guffaw

09/26/2003
Staff Writer
"But don't let me catch you laughing." It's not the traditional punch line for a classic Jewish joke, but a comedy club that hosts High Holy Days services is not your traditional comedy club.

The Lie That Nourishes

09/24/1999
Staff Writer
In an unnamed Polish ghetto in 1943 or 1944, a former potato pancake restaurateur is feeding the Jews hope instead of food. Jakob Heym has (he says, falsely) a hidden radio, punishable by death at Nazi hands. He fabricates and whispers, at his forced labor job, reports of the advancing Red Army, boosting the spirits of the doomed ghetto residents. And he tells Lina, an 8-year-old orphan he has surreptitiously taken under his care, happy-ending fairy tales. Jakob is a liar. And Robin Williams, the master of thespian overkill, is an understated Jakob.
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