The News from Gaza: Hamas –deplorable, callous, unrepentant, stupid; Israel –callous, hypocritical, arrogant, inept…

Published on December 31st, 2008 by Malachi

I had a call from a good friend in Tel Aviv earlier today. He was feeling depressed about the war in Gaza. Though he is (still) out of range of those Hamas rockets, he was very uneasy. We discussed this post, which I had already started. He made a big point about the part that […]

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Another Yiddish Proverb for Bernie Madoff: God is not rich; all He does is take from one and give to another.”

Published on December 21st, 2008 by Malachi

I have another Yiddish Proverb for Bernie Madoff: “God is not rich; all He does is take from one and give to another.” Does that sound like a Ponzi scheme or what? I was with some dear friends at a little family seasonal-social gathering last evening in the West Village in Lower Manhattan in New […]

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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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