Top Israeli Editor Reviews “Escape From Mount Moriah”

By Nissan Ratzlav Katz In Escape from Mount Moriah, Jack Engelhard achieves the impossible. In a single story, a single page, a single paragraph, even a single sentence, he combines a deep, abiding love with the unvarnished, penetrating gaze of a child, gritty realism with sublime philosophy, brevity with depth, the quintessentially Jewish with the essentially…

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Saudi Prince Haunts Murdoch

By Jack Engelhard

Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal…this is the man who donated $27 million to Palestinian terrorists during a Saudi “telethon.”

This is the man who offered Mayor Rudy $10 million upon the proposition that we, the United States, admit that we ourselves were responsible for 9/11.

Rudy said, “No thanks.”

Rupert Murdoch, however, said thanks when Alwaleed offered to buy a share of Murdoch’s empire, and thus Alwaleed became the company’s second largest shareholder at 10 percent. Or perhaps it was son James Murdoch who invited in the Prince. Rupert is known as a friend of Israel.

Not so James, who at this moment sits on the hot seat before an investigative committee at Parliament on the matter of widespread phone/email-hacking – COINCIDENTALLY on 9/11 survivors — which threatens to bring down the entire Murdoch empire. James Murdoch once referred to those “F…Israelis” in a meeting with former prime minister  Tony Blair – as revealed by Blair’s top aide Alastair Campbell.

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Casey Anthony Bigger Than 9/11 – And Here’s Why

 

By Jack Engelhard

We all came together after 9/11 and we grieved properly and the media coverage was wall-to-wall – but nothing compared to this!

We’ve been in the eye of this Casey Anthony saga week by week, hour after hour and we are more outraged at this one woman than we were against the Islamic terrorists who murdered some 3,000 of our people in Lower Manhattan. I have no answer to this lopsided span of attention, only a guess or two.

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Imus in the Morning, Lenny Bruce at Night

 

By Jack Engelhard

After a draught of some months, I finally got the Cable people to hook me up with Don Imus’s radio program that also appears on TV. What a relief! It’s good to hear all that irreverence and smack amid all the sanctimonious chatter now that we’re deep in the heart of yet another political season.

Here’s what I like about Imus…he tolerates no smugness. Reminds me of Lenny Bruce back when real people ruled the earth.

Today every man is certain of his views and there are no discussions, only dogmas and orthodoxies. People shout at one another. Nobody listens. Liberals especially come boxed and petrified within an agenda. They have the answer to everything. Conservatives aren’t perfect, either.

But Liberals inherited their Liberalism from their fathers and grandfathers of the 1960s and today practice their culture and politics with a vengeance.

This is Liberalism on steroids.

Back then (in the 1960s) we didn’t have answers. We had questions. We were a generation of iconoclasts. We worshipped no idols; neither Left nor Right. We had no fixed positions and we were open to all points of view, especially there at the Hip Bagel over coffee in Greenwich Village. Lenny Bruce showed up regularly as did Mort Sahl and Allen Ginsberg.

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Are All Men Like Weiner?

By Jack Engelhard

Before that it was Tiger, then came Arnold, and now it’s Weiner caught flagrante delicto…all that plus others too numerous to mention, including governors and even presidents…and I almost forgot that guy who heads a world bank of some sort. Back to what I keep saying, that “as long as there are other women there’s going to be trouble.”

What about all those men of the cloth and that evangelist guy?

Woody Allen said that he never meets a woman that he doesn’t mentally undress. That’s not an exact quote but you get the gist.

Are all men created equally horny – and what about women, are they totally innocent? If so, why do so many keep inviting us to view their” pix?”

Who knew that we Americans were so lustful.

(Not me. Girls, before you answer – what are you wearing, by the way?)

The Internet, OMG, what goes on there would make a sailor blush, and we’re talking millions hooking up for real or by virtual imagination.

I say this, too (in “Indecent Proposal”) that “sex is nothing. Temptation is everything.”

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Salinger’s Protest from Dachau

By Jack Engelhard

We don’t have to wonder what J.D Salinger would have thought of the world today even as Israel fights back mobs from Syria and prepares for more bloodlust from its enemies domestic and abroad. Salinger told it plainly and powerfully in his novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” published in 1951, and following that, in his 60 years of retreat into silence. He would have called his vow of silence, “The fire between the words.”

“The Catcher in the Rye,” one of the most admired novels of the century past and present, is a work of loathing and lamentation despite its teenage lingo.

Holden Caulfield seeks truth and purity but finds mendacity and corruption. Justice, justice, he pursues. Do I suggest that Salinger was Biblical? Well, he certainly was Jewish. He was born to a Jewish father and not till later, after his Bar Mitzvah, did he find out that his mother was Catholic, passing for Jewish. (Please, save the technicalities for later.)

In his humility he never prided his Jewishness, nor did he ever shame it, like Philip Roth.

Along the way to his fame as one of our greatest writers, something happened to Salinger that demands our attention at this very moment as we brace for Israel’s summer of discontent, which has already started at all sides from a world that, once again, won’t calm down until it gets what it wants…

Salinger is our witness to what happened before and to what can happen again.

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