Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775

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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By:
Martin Kramer
Behind the financial crisis was a well-practiced mechanism for concealing risk. The risk was there, and it was constantly growing, but it could be disguised, repackaged and renamed, so that, in the end, it seemed to have disappeared. Much of the debate about foreign policy in the United States is conducted in the same manner: Policymakers and pundits, to get...
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By:
Lisa Keys
I will admit it: Chanukah is a holiday I've approached with diminishing enthusiasm over the years. I'm not into latkes; I prefer egg rolls. Dreidel games aren't nearly as much fun as Scrabble. And as the holiday approaches, so, too, does our loaded debate: Are we giving gifts this year or what? It wasn't always this way. Growing up in...
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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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