Saturday, March 27, 2010


There is the old non-PC joke about Helen Keller. She is invited to her first Seder. Her hosts see her, mid-Hagadah, rubbing her matzo with a confused expression on her face. The host asked:"Helen, what's wrong?" Ms. Keller replied: "Who writes this s__t?" I was reminded of the joke and the question by the following pre-Chag "gift" from JFNA:

On March 24, JFNA circulated something called a Mandel Minute. In a remarkable few sentences, they gave me chills with the most brilliant segue I have ever read:

"The four questions at the beginning of the seder set in motion the retelling of the Passover story and emphasize the value of asking the right questions to elicit the most important information.

How can we insure that we ask the right questions when interviewing a candidate?"

This is the winner of the Wexler First Annual Helen Keller "who writes this s__" Award. There is no second place.



Anonymous said...

The danger to the American Jewish Community is not Jerry Silverman but a Board of JFNA capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of a Silvermann presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a JFNA Board willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Jerry Silverman. Jerry, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast organization of fools that made him their prince. JFNA can survive a Jerry Silverman. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.

RWEX said...

Dear Anonymous,

I am sorry. I have decided that I must reject your Comment even as I agree that at the end of the day the lay leadership of JFNA is responsible for that sad state in which JFNA finds itself. I don't believe that the rather vitriolic criticim directed at Jerry Silverman is either appropriate or correct.

Chag sameach.