Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Rabbi Morris Goldfarb, 1914-2004

Rabbi Morris Goldfarb, the Hillel Rabbi at Cornell (emeritus) when I lived in Ithaca, and who taught me my bar mitzvah, died June 9th. See the obituary in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Hamakom yinachem etkhem bitokh shaar avlei Zion viyirushalayim

Monday, June 14, 2004

Who is Our Government?

First, Bob Woodward shows that President Bush considers Prince Bandar of Saudi F. Arabia to be a higher ranking official than the Secretary of State.

Then we find out that our policies against Iraq have been orchestrated by Ahmed Chalabi- who quite possibly is an Iranian double-agent.

Now, according to today's NYTimes, we see that Bush is going to the Vatican to help influence American politics (Bush Asked for Vatican's Help on Political Issues, Report Says).

Seriously, any of you Republicans out there, please explain to me why Bush is still a valid leader of the United States.


Back in 1960, Americans were afraid that JFK would listen to the Pope say 'boo.' Now we have the born-again Baptist bonehead in office who actively seeks the Vatican influence on American politics.

What's next for Bush? Who could possibly be more detestable than Prince Bandar, more calumnious than Chalabi, more counter to American principles of religious freedom (and independence from foreign influence) than the Vatican.

I guess the next step is to hire Monica Lewinsky to go after Kerry.

Sunday, June 13, 2004


I ordered this ( -- KosherLamp) 5 months ago and it arrived on Friday. It's very very cool. And no home fires yet!

Friday, June 11, 2004

A Real Hero Has Died; Ray Charles, 73

I have not been able to gather my thoughts (or time) to shmooze about Reagan, but Ray Charles is another matter (Ray Charles, Bluesy Essence of Soul, Is Dead at 73). Charles was a real hero; a man who overcame his physical disability to become an essence of Americana. His musical skill; his persona of huggable soul; his cameo in the "Blues Brothers" are all hallmarks of a Great American Legend. We have lost so much.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

It's About Time!

I've wanted this in book form, but online is even better: the collected capsule movie reviews from the New Yorker: The Film File