Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
The fallout from the scandal surrounding the collapse of the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities firm is still being sorted out as the many victims of what appears to have been the biggest scam in history assess the damages. Yet as grievous as the losses are to both the individuals and philanthropies whose assets were wiped out, it must be...
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President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team have a lot on their plate. The ordinary problems of a presidential transition are exacerbated by the economic crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to these obvious problems, Obama and his administration will face a host of smaller, yet still troubling, problems to deal with once he's sworn in...
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For Jewish families, the "dilemma" of December generally revolves around the challenge of maintaining a Jewish identity amid a deluge of Yuletide cheer. The solution for many has been to inflate the festival of Chanukah into a blue-tinseled version of Christmas. But aside from the fact that Chanukah is a minor festival on the Jewish calendar, there is nothing wrong...
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The financial crisis has dominated the news in recent months and for good reason. With banks and the auto industry on the brink of collapse, it's difficult for anyone to think about much else. Politicians are pondering possible bailouts and how best to aid those in need while the country watches, waits and worries. Yet, despite the understandable obsession with...
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For the past few months, it's been difficult for Americans to focus on anything but the economy. But events in Mumbai, India this past week should serve to remind us that our government has other purposes besides providing financial succor for failing capitalists. It's hardly a coincidence that in a teeming city of many millions, the Mumbai terrorists sought out...
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