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Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
Nisan 30, 5769, 4/24/2009
The cliche` is correct. Truth is stranger than fiction. If someone had "invented the story," there would be protests that the plot was anti-Semitic.
Bernie Made-Off with lots of other people's money. And now there's going to be a movie about him. No surprise. Crooks generally make interesting characters.
I once went to a lecture about book-writing. We were told that there must be some conflict. The Bernie Madoff story has lots of conflict. On one hand, he lived a very moral life. He was involved in Jewish organizations and seemed the model super-rich Jew. Unknown to almost everyone, he was really a top con artist. Now, the real billion dollar que$tion for the script-writers will be:
"Who else was in cahoots?"
So far, I haven't heard any real answers. Did his wife know? Did Madoff's sons know?
I think (of course, I can't prove anything being just a blogger, neither police nor Private Investigator) that his sons knew.
They, both generations, feared that the Ponzi Scheme would soon be discovered. So they decided on one last scam. The sons would turn him in claiming that they had just discovered the truth. Bernie would swear up and down that his precious sons were totally innocent, as if anyone with half a brain could really believe the guy who had been lying and tricking even his best friends all these years.
Well, fools, like tigers, don't change their stripes so fast. Just look at Israel, which keeps on giving the Arab terrorists Land, gestures etc to encourage them to make peace, and all Israel gets in exchange is terrorism, war and threats.
Will this movie really be made? And if so, who gets the profits?
Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov
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