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Private equity’s private math

To the casual observer, the investment returns recently announced by the California pension system might seem like cause for celebration. The state’s investments in firms that buy private companies generated a 20% return in 2014.

California’s $30 billion worth of private equity investments did not come cheap, incurring almost $440 million worth of annual management fees paid to financial firms. But the double-digit gains helped the system generate some of the best overall pension returns in the nation — positive news for taxpayers and for state workers who rely on the system in retirement.


Words of wisdom never grow old

I grew up in a house where words were the currency by which my brother and I gained recognition. Unlike most of our peers, where parental approval was dished out for things like making the varsity team or getting straight A’s, my dad’s highest form of praise came as a result of the words we used and how we used them. It’s no surprise, I suppose, that my brother got his doctorate in English linguistics and I make my living as a wordsmith by writing and teaching. I absolutely loved the form...
View From Denver


When I was a child I found it common that pictures of deceased parents hung on the walls of homes I visited. It seemed natural to remember these distant figures that way. When my own Dad died in 1972, I couldn’t look at his picture. It was too painful. I did not hang a picture of him on the wall. Even now, 42 years later, all I can bear is a glance.
View from Central Park

Who was Esther?

Who was Esther?THE SCROLL OF ESTHER opens with the strangest of scenes. Reading chapter one alone, you would never know this is a Jewish book or that it has anything to do with Judaism or Jewish history. True, there is the striking absence of    G-d’s name mentioned throughout the scroll, or megillah, but upon studying the text there are opportunities to sense and feel G-d’s guiding presence. But chapter one? It reads more like a modern-day Mardi Gras party, or upon careful study, a party with more licen...
Liberal Lens

Border security not a cure-all

WITH THE opening of the new Congress, Republican lawmakers have been promising a renewed focus on border security as a supposed cure-all for America’s broken immigration system. Left unaddressed, though, is a simple question: How does border security address the status of millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the US? The answer is that it probably won’t, according to a person who knows a thing or two about immigration: Felipe Calderon.

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Why did James Franco need a rabbi? and 7 other Jewish news Qs

Jas Chana Bob Dylan, Kim Kardashian and Madonna walk into a quiz — this one. They’re schmoozing, shilling, maybe even schvitzing. And not to be outdone, James Franco pops in for a little celebrating... [Link]

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