Dear Governor Patrick, Speaking as a religious Jew, I can assure you that I do not find it “inclusive” or “welcoming” for you to call the tree you’re lighting today a “holiday tree”. If it were my choice, there would be no religious symbols of any sort on public property. But since that’s never going… Read More »
Someone forwarded me a chain letter today about how offensive it is that a blatantly antisemitic web site, JewWatch, shows up at or near the top of the search results when you Google the word “Jew”. Here’s my response: http://blog.kamens.us/jew-is-not-a-bad-word/.
Recently, I wrote about BNY Mellon’s inept handling of 2010 1099-OIDs for Israel bonds, my relief that the State of Israel had decided to replace BNY Mellon with Computershare as the fiscal agent for Israel Bonds purchased in the U.S., and my hope that Computershare would be better than BNY Mellon. Less than 12 hours… Read More »
My wife and I own a number of Israeli Bonds purchased over the course of many years (typically after annual High Holiday appeals). Many of these bonds are Original Issue Discount (OID) bonds. Dispensing with all the technical details, the general idea of an OID bond is that you get a 1099-OID statement every year… Read More »
Ben Bresky of Israel National News has just released an interview about my “Shave a Redhead for Israel” fundraiser. Enjoy!
Here’s your chance to donate to the relief efforts after the Carmel fire in Israel and get something more than just a sense of satisfaction from having done a good deed and helped people in need. You can also get a good, hearty belly laugh from seeing me with no hair, half a beard, and… Read More »
(This is not a typical post for my blog. Those of you who aren’t Jewish can feel free to skip it.) My bar mitzvah was December 18, 1982, the second Shabbat of Hanukah, parashat Miketz. Each year on the anniversary of my bar mitzvah, I read part of the Torah reading (the first four aliyot… Read More »
Today’s update (maybe the last?) in the IsraelSims.com saga…
Dear Terry Gross, I am a huge fan of Fresh Air. I listen to every episode. I greatly admire your interviewing skill and your obvious in-depth preparation for every interview. Having said that, I was extremely disappointed by your interview with Lawrence Wright.