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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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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Strauss-Kahn’s Lynch Mob – Engelhard Saw This Coming

“Jack Engelhard was right and the rest of the world was wrong.”

I’m the only guy who came to this guy’s defense immediately after rape and assault charges were brought against him — while EVERYBODY else rejoiced with mockery and derision against this man. Now — as reported in the NY TIMES, CNN and all over the world — the case is falling apart because the ALLEGED victim has serious credibility issues. So says the prosecution itself. She’s reported to have lied about a previous alleged rape.

Strauss-Kahn, it appears, was himself the victim — the victim of a frame-up, for money, of course.

My gut, my news instinct saw this coming. The man may not be TOTALLY innocent (who is?) but let’s be careful before we judge any person!

I wrote the following immediately after the case became public and people all over the media were calling for his scalp.

Alert: further in this piece I write that “something smells about this case.” Of all people, Russian leader Vlad Putin agrees. As reported in today’s New York Post: “Putin told the official Kremlin web site — ‘I cannot believe that it looks the way it was initially introduced. It doesn’t sit well in my head.'” This puts me in good company — or is it bad?”

By Jack Engelhard

“As long as there are women there’s going to be trouble.” I once wrote that but should have phrased it to read “as long as there are OTHER women” etc…

We now have two cases that deal with sex – that is, the OTHER woman – but it’s not really about sex. Sex is nothing. Temptation is everything.

You’ll find that in the novel “Indecent Proposal.” But never mind. Arnold’s case is pure and simple (good cliché), but the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is troubling. At least I’m troubled. I’ve been troubled about this from the start. We know that throughout history even the most powerful of men have been felled by temptation.

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Pacino’s Shylock — An Offer He Can’t Refuse

By Jack Engelhard

 

The hottest ticket for the upcoming season on Broadway is Al Pacino (again!) as Shylock in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” Pacino, at 70, appears to be making Shylock his career at a time when hate crimes against Jews scale in at 65 percent – higher, by the way, than any other group. (Seven percent against American Muslims.)

 

We can only wonder why Pacino is so drawn to this play that is clearly the most anti-Semitic in all literature. Even Harold Bloom cites “Merchant” as “The lasting harm done by Shakespeare.” This play, in fact, has nurtured a blood libel so vast that blame for the Holocaust can be shared by Hitler together with Shakespeare.

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