President Obama’s speech to 1.4 Billion Muslims

Published on June 3rd, 2009 by Malachi

On Thursday, Barack Obama will speak to 1.4 Billion Muslims (worldwide) when he visits Cairo. [] I know that the president, being a smart and well-read man, will surely have read my book “A Collection of Arabic Proverbs” by Malachi McCormick, by way of preparation for his important speech. (OK –maybe not….) [] I know […]

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A Joke for those who need jokes: “There was this very pious Jew who wanted to win the lottery…

Published on June 3rd, 2009 by Malachi

Thomas Friedman has a good joke (OK, a joke that I enjoyed) in his NYT column today –he told this one to Barack Obama, who will be speaking to more than a billion Muslims worldwide on Thursday, from Cairo. The President laughed. [] [] The Joke: “There is this very pious Jew named Goldberg who […]

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A Yiddish proverb for Bernie Madoff: “It is not so good with money as it is bad without it.”

Published on December 20th, 2008 by Malachi

Since Bernie Madoff hit the scene last Thursday, I’ve been looking at my book “A Collection of Yiddish Proverbs”, trying to pick out those proverbs that best describe or comment (or speculate) on Bernie’s behavior. There are many profound beauties there, but –for the moment at least– I’m going with the supremely ironic, and the […]

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