Man in the street interviews are a staple of the news business. Every day, just about every newspaper or broadcast is stopping somebody, somewhere, for his or her point of view on anything at all. Random wisdom is so respected that William F. Buckley once quipped that, when it comes to government, heíd prefer taking his chances with an America led by the first 2,000 names in the telephone book.
The final status of Jerusalem, Iran's growing missile capability and a declared Palestinian state are likely to become hot-button political issues over the next two years, according to pro-Israel activists looking toward the 2000 Senate campaign.
Although the security of Israel always plays a major role in New York political campaigns, upcoming developments could make the race to succeed retiring Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan a contest of unprecedented attention on the Jewish state.
Among the more interesting objects on Anthony Weiner's desk is a jar-sized capsule containing a formaldehyde-encased baby shark. But he insists there is no significance to the decoration. It doesn't represent his youthful, tenacious political style or the eat-or-be-eaten world in which he lives and seems to thrive.
"It was just an interesting gift" from a friend, he says, adding that, if anything, it reflects his philosophy that "you have to move forward to live."
Zalman Bernstein did not make the front page of The Jerusalem Post until he died. Mr. Bernstein, a successful Manhattan investment broker and one of the Modern Orthodox movement's most prominent philanthropists, kept as low a profile in Jewish circles in his native New York, where he died of lymphoma last week at 72, as he did in Jerusalem, where he moved a decade ago and was buried.
The new year is bringing with it a slew of new interfaith news and events. Perhaps the most critical issue involves the nasty political environment in Washington, D.C., and the Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton.
A coalition of Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders are strongly criticizing what they say is the deplorable lack of political civility in the nation's capitol and on television and radio talks shows.
Yeshiva University has announced the establishment this semester of undergraduate honors programs, in both Jewish and secular disciplines, at Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women.
The programs, the first of their kind at the colleges, were launched in conjunction with two donations totaling $20 million: one from Jay and Jean Schottenstein of Columbus, Ohio, for Yeshiva College; the other, for Stern College, from an anonymous donor said to be a family with a history of longtime support for YU.