Showing, apparently, the audacity to hate, Hamas are still producing virulently antisemitic children’s cartoons. In the face of crass hypocritical vitriol that is geopolitically and socially destructive the Daily Show had no real option but to set Dr. Bagelman (erstwhile producer of Jewby Doo) on to introduce them.
The whole sequence is unbelievable but the cartoons are the least believable and the least funny. Watch the sequence here.
Hat tip Jack Miller.
Jon Stewart a relic of antisemitism? Ron Rosenbaum thinks so.
“Dear Jon Stewart,” he writes in Slate, “I want you to change your name. Back to Leibowitz.” He is referring to Stewart’s birth moniker, Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.
Many of us have stories about how our family names were hacked into Americanized semblances of the original after our ancestors left their old countries. My great-grandfather’s Rosenzweig became Rosen to fit on a New York boxing marquis, or so goes the family lore. Yarrow, my married name, might have once been Yarovetsky outside of Kiev at the turn of the century, but now, nobody knows for sure.
Rosenbaum is looking for high profile Jews, namely Stewart, to “reject the rejection of their ancestry and the WASP-ification of their names.”
Rosenbaum appeals to Stewart’s knack for stripping the pretenses from the personas of celebrities and political big shots on his show, then asks that he turn this strategy on himself by reclaiming his ethnic name. Rosenbaum goes on to say that Stewart asserts his Jewishness in every other discernible way in the name of comedy — his bar mitzvah referencing, bubbe-teasing, occasionally Yiddish-accented joshes pander to tribe members and the seculars alike.
Stewart was named the most trusted man in news in a recent Time magazine poll, though their 9,409-person sample of voters seems too small call Stewart the new Walter Cronkite.
Will Stewart make the switch? Slate has offered him a forum. We’ll keep you posted.
Brian Horwitz is off to a pretty good start in the big leagues.
Last night, in his third Major League game, the San Francisco Giants’ rookie outfielder knocked off a two-run home run in his team’s blowout of the Mets. After eight at-bats, Horwitz is batting .500 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
“Unbelievable,” Horwitz has said of his Major League experience so far. “It’s extraordinary, surreal. It’s an out-of-body experience. I’m really enjoying being here. How could you complain? It’s great to be winning as well.”
The newest Jew in the Majors reportedly has already been dubbed “the Rabbi” by his teammates.
Personally, I have two reasons to shep naches about Horwitz. Not only is he a co-religionist, but he’s also a graduate of my alma mater.
Horwitz has arrived on the scene at a time when there are already a few really good Jewish ballplayers in the Majors. Last year, Jon Stewart and Denis Leary had some fun discussing the number of Jews playing baseball today. (The Jew-y bit of the following video begins around 4:15 — and, no matter what Leary says, David Wright isn’t Jewish.)
Baseball cap tip: J.J. Goldberg