11:30 a.m. -- Ruth Messinger, president and executive director of American Jewish World Service, reports on her one-week fact-finding trip to Darfur, Sudan; 45 West 36th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues, 10th floor.
Word on the street is that the Forward is preparing to expose an abusive rabbi this week.
Where Do You Go?
Of 23 Reform congregations in the five boroughs of New York City, the rabbis for at least 11 are on vacation. If I confirm one more, they'll be past the half-way point.
YU's New CFO
Yeshiva University has a new Chief Financial Officer, Rick Annis, and will retire the position of vice president of business affairs, which was held by Sheldon Socol. During his tenure, Socol restructured the school's finances and he is credited with saving the institution from bankruptcy, bringing its endowment to the present $1.5 billion. In the past two decades, he also came to be viewed as the man most in charge of the goings-on at the university. Socol will be given the title of vice president and counselor to the president, where he is expected to oversee various new initiatives.
I'm having trouble finding people who are around to comment about Socol's tenure.
Tomorrow in NYC:
12:30 p.m. -- Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo joins Cardinal Edward Egan and Rabbi Arthur Schneier at the interfaith Appeal of Conscience luncheon calling for action to end the Sudanese crisis; Minskoff Cultural Center, 164 E. 68th St.
Jews Go To Hell, E-mails Go To FCC
I have been made aware that an interview that was done with me was played on HBO last night, and that it has been used to make Christians look bad and to make me look like a person who hates Jews.That's a failed Congressional candidate who appeared on Sunday's Ali G. episode. His theology:
Several people have expressed concern over my statement that Jews will go to Hell. That was direct response to a direct set of questions about who God will let into Heaven. John 3:16-18 clearly states, as do many other Bible passages, that everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will spend eternity in Heaven, while everyone who rejects Him will spend eternity in Hell, because he has rejected the Only Begotten Son of God. Maybe I should have refused to answer such a pointed question that was designed to cause conflict, but to say that everyone goes to Heaven would be lying, and it would be heartless, giving people a false hope. Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, and millions of Jews over the past 2,000 years have accepted Him as such. It is my prayer that many more will do the same. And, by the way, I seek to bless the Jews (please see Genesis 12:3), and for some time I have had a logo on my website which says, "I am a proud friend of Israel." And I always will be.Interestingly, he joins the newly government-interventionist wing of his party, hoping for an FCC crackdown:
The Bible says, "Silence the mocker and strife will cease," and this stunt pulled by HBO is just one more reason why I believe that the liberal, anti-God media needs to be brought under the strict control of the FCC, and that as soon as possible.That's right, he wants the FCC to combat "anti-God media" by controlling such classically protected speech as the non-broadcast, paid-service HBO. Even weirder, he apparently thinks the FCC should also control e-mail transmissions:
I have received several e-mails today - a couple supportive, and five or six bashing me, using profanity, obscenity, and a threatening tone. (The threatening, obscene, and profane ones have been forwarded to the Federal Communications Commission, and official complaints have been lodged.)What?