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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
Young Families, Singles Flocking to Upper East Side; ‘The Memory Is In Their Taste Buds’: The Lure of Sephardic Food; Safra Synagogue Rabbi’s Growing Empire; Sephardic And Egalitarian at B’nai Jeshurun; Giving Voice to Sephardic Music.