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Remembering Gene Siskel

Friday, February 20th, 2009 Roger Ebert, who’s now suffering from illness himself (he’s totally lost the ability to speak) put together some nice memories and videos of his old partner, Siskel, who passed away from cancer a decade ago. Ebert, on his Chicago Sun-Times blog, recalls being touched by how seriously Siskel took his Judaism, among so much else. A beautiful essay about friendship.

Saving For A Rainy Day? It’s Raining

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.  

Israel Lost; Jews Won

Monday, February 23rd, 2009   Few things illuminate just how useless Israel can sometimes be better than its film industry. This year, “Waltzing With Bashir” was Israel’s entry for Academy Award’s Oscar for best foreign language film.   It lost. Good.   The film focused on the killings at Sabra & Shatilla during the first Lebanon war. That’s when, in Menachem Begin’s words, “goyim kill goyim, and they come to blame the Jews.”  

When Booth Saved Lincoln’s Life

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 In this week’s column (Feb. 27) on “Small Miracles of the Holocaust,” I mention the time that Edwin Booth saved Robert Lincoln’s life. Here’s some more on that fascinating historical footnote. Of course, to R. Lincoln and E. Booth this was not a footnote at all, and it turned out to be a lifesaver, of sorts, for Edwin, as well.

New Book By Gidon Rothstein

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 Rabbi Gidon Rothstein, author of “Murderer In The Mikdash,” and this week’s Sabbath column (Feb. 27), has just come out with a new book, “Cassandra Misreads The Book of Samuel (and other untold tales of the prophets)”. You can check it out and read a chapter (and the back cover) right here.

The Edge of Town: Uncanny Tales of Survival

Thursday, February 26th, 2009     (Because of a formatting error on the main site, here’s a corrected version of this week’s “Edge of Town” column).       Uncanny Tales Of Survival   “Small Miracles of the Holocaust,” and the mysteries of coincidence          by Jonathan Mark      

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.  

Two Papers, Two Stories; One Paper, Two Stories

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 Two papers tells a different story, or rather the same story in different ways. “Israeli Shells Kill 40 At Gaza U.N. School” (New York Times headline, Jan. 7).   Or was it, “Hamas In Human Shield Atrocity: Uses School As Mortar Lair Where Children Die” (New York Post headline, Jan. 7).

Haaretz: Just Say You’re Sorry

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
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