February 28, 2000 Issue
"Madonna, Michael, Deepak -- they'll bring Jews back into the faith."
-- Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, "Apocalypse, Nu?"
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|COVER STORY||Apocalypse, Nu?|
BY ERIC KONIGSBERG
From Hollywood to the Upper West Side, practitioners of what might be called roll-your-own Judaism are filling lecture halls and book-signing parties in pursuit of everything from Kabbalah to "kosher sex" to crossover Hinduism. Joining the wondering Jews are curious Christians, Muslims, and other seekers of the lite -- including the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Deepak Chopra. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach sees it as the dawning of a Jewish millennium; others say it's the worst blow to American Jewry since the McDonald's bagel.
Calling himself an artist who served artists, high-living funds manager Dana Giacchetto was known as much for the cockatoo perched on his shoulder as for the young stars who placed their money with him, including Ed Burns, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon. Until, that is, they tired of his name-dropping and began to wonder where their assets were going. Now many of his A-list pals are gone, the SEC is looking over his shoulder, and he's suing his former partners. In an interview with New York, Giacchetto takes on his critics.
Old-media entertainers wonder where they'll fit in the Internet age
| The Body Politic|
BY RUSTY UNGER
Doctors aggressively treating Lyme disease fear losing their licenses.
Paintings sold by the square foot; a store dedicated to pj's
Brew-ha-ha: A cross-section of tea rooms, Russian and otherwise
Sales & Bargains
Don't get roped into paying too much for your cableknit sweaters
Compaq's new look; DVD for dummies; at last, a universal cell phone
Boiler Room surges with the thrill of making a buck
BY WALTER KIRN
Malcolm Gladwell uses pop science to prove the American myth
Stephen Sondheim's first musical finally sees the light of day
The Met's beautiful "mummy portraits" are hauntingly familiar
JonBenet Ramsey revisited; Dalí meets Disney on NBC
The Underground Gourmet
The quickest cure for winter blahs? Well, dough . . .