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  • Hebrew word of the week: Balagan

    2 weeks ago

    Words indicating chaos are quite common — often there’s more than one in every language,* such as tohu va-vohu* in Genesis 1:2. Balagan is used in several Slavic languages, but it originated with the Persian bala-khane “top room, attic” (a place where things are stored in a...

  • The Four Big Madoff Questions:
    Who's to blame, how much is lost, where's the money, will it occur again?

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 24, 2008 | 2:33 am

    Why is this fraud different from all other frauds?

    The Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme will definitely rewrite the record books when it comes to its dollar size, duration, number of victims, concentration within the Jewish community and, yes, the mountain of legal fees it generates....