Philip Roth, in the 1950s, wrote a story about Ozzie, a Jewish kid who knew, just knew, that if God could make the heaven and the earth in six days, God could do anything. Ozzie would say, ìthe light especially, thatís what always gets me, that he could make the light. ... Making fish and animals, thatís pretty good ó but making light ... and He could pick the six days he wanted right out of nowhere.îThat sense of wonder is one of the gifts of Jewish childhood.
As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate one of the most joyous days of the calendar, local law enforcement officials, communal leaders and professionals are increasingly concerned about the impact of alcohol-laden festivities on the growing problem of Orthodox substance abuse.
After months of avoiding criticism of Pat Buchanan, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is now blasting the conservative isolationist who has been accused of anti-Semitism.
Giuliani's spokeswoman this week said the mayor "strongly opposes" Buchanan's presidential bid, and blasted comments in Buchanan's new book that the United States shouldn't have fought Hitler.
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.