Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows she’s badass. She’s got the t-shirts to prove it.
At an event held at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday night, the Supreme Court justice explained that she has “quite a large supply” of t-shirts showing her face and the slogan “Notorious RBG,” referencing rapper Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious B.I.G.
During the interview with NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Ginsburg said she gives them out as gifts to her friends:
Totenberg: On a somewhat lighter note, I want to ask you about the Notorious RBG t-shirt.[Applause, Cheers]. I gather there are some people he who’ve worn them. I wear mine on the weekends all the time. And people will occasionally—The guy at the drug store said to me last weekend, he said, who is that woman, she looks very familiar, but who is she? I said she’s a Supreme Court justice. He said, oh good, I’ve learned something today. So how did you find out about the notorious RBG t-shirts.
Ginsburg: I think a law clerk told me about this tumblr and also explained to me what Notorious RBG was a parody on. And now my grandchildren love it and I try to keep abreast of the latest that’s on the tumblr. I have—and in fact I think I gave you a Notorious RBG—
Totenberg: Two of my three. I bought one.
Ginsburg: I have quite a large supply.
Totenberg: Do you have the one—what’s the one ‘you can’t have truth without Ruth’”
Ginsburg: Without Ruth. [nods]
So, Ruth… I guess mine just got lost in the mail?
You can now tweet with that woman.
Monica Lewinsky, self proclaimed “social activist. public speaker. contributor to vanity fair. knitter of things without sleeves,” has joined Twitter. With two tweets under her belt, the woman whose blue dress almost brought down a president already has over 8,000 followers and a verified account.
Her first tweet, posted earlier this morning, is a little ominous:
Lewinsky’s Twitter debut coincided with her speech at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia, in which she addressed the issue of cyberbullying.
“I was Patient Zero,” the 41-year old told the crowd. “The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet… Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too. I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past.”
Ironically, The New Republic reports that Lewinsky’s mentions feed is already full of mean tweets.
Welcome Monica! Don’t let the haters get you down.
Are you conflicted about what Halloween costume to buy your kids? Are you torn between the bumble bee, Frozen’s Elsa and Spiderman costumes? Have no fear, maybe you can dress them in something with a little more history, like a World War II child evacuee.
Sold on Amazon and UK’s eBay sites, the costumes feature a little girl with a smile on her face, her hand on her hip and a luggage tag on her coat. For about $18 you can also have your child trick-or-treat in this “WWII evacuee wartime fancy dress.”
And it’s only a matter of time before they start making the slutty version of this.
Also available for boys so no one feels left out.
The 2014 Appeal of Conscience Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria boasted more than 1000 guests and included a large contingent of exquisitely gowned women. Honored were Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger and General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
Cardinal Theodor M. Dolanoffered a prayer and Secretary of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin brought greetings. Prefacing president Nieto’s address, Henry Kissinger lauded Mexico’s president as having “in less than two years opened up a new and even better future for Mexico” which has “transformed itself into a dynamic, vibrant, modern democracy.” Kissinger touted NAFTA and urged the reduction of “trade barriers” and making “our borders smarter [to] enhance our common security.”
Accepting the Appeal’s World Statesman Award, “on behalf of my entire country Mexico,” president Nieto said that he shared the moment “with religious and corporate leaders committed to universal principles…human rights, peace among all peoples, tolerance and camaraderie.” His roster of statistics included: “Mexico is one of the few true bio-diverse countries with 10% of our planet’s species found there….our population is the world’s 11th largest and 50% of it is under 27 years. ” He concluded with the hope that Mexico be a “nation of tolerance and harmony, in which all Mexicans can fully enjoy their Human Rights, make their dreams come true and be happy.”
Apropos Disney’s message of optimism, Bob Iger declared, “It’s an essential part of our company’s DNA [emanating] from our founder Walt Disney who always looked beyond today to the possibilities of tomorrow, convinced our future could be brighter than our past…. We want good to conquer evil…peace instead of conflict…and who doesn’t want to live ‘happily ever after’?” Citing the global disasters, Iger said “Even people who believe in the same god are killing each other over the proper way to worship…. Our future will be determined by our ability to resolve this disturbing dichotomy…and it will take more than military might and diplomacy…. We’re here tonight because we’re optimists…we believe humanity can do better.”
Barra informed that “GM was Disney’s first corporate partner at EPCOT 1979… we’ve been with Disney ever since.” Recalling her recent meeting with President Nieto and his team in Mexico, she said, “Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of GM operations in Mexico.”
“The life I lead today was not remotely possible just a generation ago,” said Barra. “My father was a die maker at GM’s Pontiac Motor Division for 39 years. He retired from GM in 1980—the same year I started…. He saw GM elect its first woman board member… establish the industry’s first supplier and minority dealer programs…. And he probably never imagined a day when GM would employ more than 32,000 women around the globe…. and I doubt he ever imagined the GM would have a woman CEO.”
In his address, Rabbi Arthur Schneier — founder of Appeal of Conscience Foundation and Senior Rabbi at Park East Synagogue–addressed the plight of Christians in the Middle East, the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and articulated his oft stated mantra: ”The hijacking of religion by barbarians is the greatest crime against religion and humanity.”
(JTA) — Back in 2003, long before Rabbi Barry Freundel’s arrest on voyeurism charges, and long before Sacha Baron Cohen was a household name, the rabbi appeared on Baron Cohen’s “Da Ali G Show.”
The rabbi was one of three religious leaders (plus an atheist) who agreed to appear on a panel, apparently unaware that they would be pummeled with questions like, “Is God just an overhyped David Blaine?” and “Isn’t it hypocriticalist that so many nuns work as strippers?”
In the roundtable discussion, Freundel defends circumcision and in-marriage.
When asked if he would marry someone who is not Jewish, Freundel replied, “I wouldn’t. The reason I wouldn’t is the family that I want to create is a family that’s going to have Jewish values in it.”
Baron Cohen’s character then asks: “What if she was really fit though?”
“Doesn’t matter,” Freundel said. “That’s not the most important thing in life to me.”
No mention of the mikvah, unfortunately.
(JTA) — For those on-the-go types who prefer to travel through, rather than live in, their (very) temporary dwelling, there’s a new option: the drive-thru sukkah.
Following the lead of Miami’s Bet Shira Congregation — which in 2009 opened what is believed to be the first drive-thru sukkah — a suburban Philadelphia synagogue is this year touting its own car-friendly booth.
Har Zion Temple, which, like Bet Shira, is Conservative, is inviting motorists to stop in throughout the holiday (on yom tov as well as hol hamoed) and say the blessing over the lulav and etrog. The drive-thru is in addition to a more traditional and, er, pedestrian sukkah on the other side of the synagogue.
Gavi Miller, the shul’s executive director, told JTA that drivers are welcome to bring the lulav and etrog into their car or to step outside and do the blessing. “The idea is to reach out to people where they are,” he said.
“This is another way to make the holiday a little more accessible,” he added. “Lots of people have memories of Passover seders, Chanukah and Rosh Hashanah, but some don’t have Sukkot memories.”
Adolf Hitler is on Tinder. I repeat, Adolf Hitler is on Tinder.
Well, not really because, you know, Hitler took his own life in 1945 to avoid being caught by the Allied forces. There is, however, someone impersonating a 22-year-old ‘Adolf’ on the popular dating app, and some screen grabs from Reddit suggest he’s done quite well for himself too.
Not much is known about this anonymous person who spent a month posing as the man responsible for the genocide against the Jews and other minority groups, except that he uses AT&T, and he should probably get an external battery charger.
I’m not quite sure if the Führer would’ve fared well in the modern battle known as online dating, but he did get around in his day. Hitler managed to have not one but two fiances, as well as an unknown number of companions and lovers. He also married the striking Eva Braun, who, while obviously deranged, was way out of his league. Let’s overlook the fact that two of his former lovers committed suicide and two others attempted it; it’s not unreasonable to assume that Hitler would’ve cleaned up on Tinder.
What’s most worrisome of all, I think, is that women actually swiped right when given the option of matching with this bad boy.
On second thought, it’s clearly the hipster mustache.
Actor Richard Gere reportedly is set to star in a new film by award-winning Israeli director Joseph Cedar.
Cedar also wrote the screenplay for the movie, which will be filmed in both New York and Israel, the Israeli daily Yedioth Acharonot reported Sunday.
Two of Cedar’s films, “Footnote” and “Beaufort,” were nominated for Academy Awards.
The movie is expected to be called “Oppenheimer,” according to Yedioth, and also will star Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi.
Call it the King David defense — for Bubba.
A noted Jewish studies professor once suggested President Bill Clinton was not guilty of adultery with White House intern Monica Lewinsky under a Talmudic approach — and noted that the Biblical David was never ousted for much worse sins, a newly released email reveals.
The email from Susannah Heschel, a professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth and the daughter of theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, is one of about 10,000 records from the Clinton presidency that were released by the Clinton Presidential Library.
“According to classical Jewish law, President Clinton did not commit adultery; adultery is defined as a married man having intercourse with a married woman, and Monica Lewinsky is single,” said Heschel’s email from Jan. 27, 1999.
The email, which was first reported by the New York Post came at the height of the sex scandal that threatened to topple Bill Clinton. The email from Heschel was sent to Hillary Clinton’s domestic policy adviser, Ruby Shamir, by Linda Commodore of Long Island.
Some nicknames are not meant to show up in an obituary.
After John McGee, of Wildwood, New Jersey, passed away on October 5, his unfortunate nickname — “Jewboy” — showed up in his obituaries in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. (Wildwood is part of Cape May County on the Southern tip of New Jersey and very close to Philadelphia.)
Newspaper spokesman Jonathan Tevis told Philadelphia Magazine that the nickname “never should have ran.”
“We are taking action,” he said. “It was an oversight and not good.”
Yesterday morning both newspapers published a new obituary and issued an apology that read:
“We regret that the above death notice, printed Wednesday, October 8, included a nickname that many would find inappropriate and offensive. We apologize for this oversight, and are taking the necessary actions to ensure it does not happen again.”
It was not immediately clear how McGee got the offensive moniker.
Danny Green poses for selfie at Holocaust Memorial in Berlin/Facebook
San Antonio Spurs star Danny Green went to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, where his team was playing an exhibition game. Nothing wrong with that.
He took a selfie amid the stark granite reminders of the millions who died in the Shoah. Nothing really wrong with that, although some might find his pose a bit insensitive, as noted by Deadspin, which first reported the incident.
Then he posted it to Instagram with the caption: “You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust.” Plenty wrong with that.
(JTA) — The holiday of Sukkot commands Jews to live in “booths” — commemorating the temporary dwellings their ancestors inhabited while wandering the desert for 40 years. Though many Manhattan apartments measure only slightly larger than those original booths, unless the apartment roof is retrofitted with twigs from Central Park, it doesn’t quite qualify as a sukkah.
Thankfully, one Brooklyn yeshiva student with the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic sect, has taken it upon himself to ensure that all New Yorkers can experience the holiday.
Levi Duchman, 21, is the inventor of the pedi-sukkah, a rickshaw bicycle with a mobile sukkah attached to the back. While small, each sukkah meets all the halachic requirements. During the days before Sukkot and during Hol Hamoed, Duchman says he spends 12 hours a day on the pedi-sukkah, pedaling around Brooklyn and Manhattan, and letting New Yorkers step inside to say a blessing.
“It’s the best thing to see people’s reactions, and to give people in New York the opportunity to get involved with the holiday,” Duchman said. “We get a lot of smiles and pictures, and lot of positivity, even from the police.”
Jennifer Lawrence at the Paris Fashion Week/Getty Images
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, one of dozens of actresses, models and celebrities whose intimate images have been posted online, spoke about the photo hacking scandal for the first time on Tuesday, saying it is a crime and sexual violation.
In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Lawrence, 24, said she was frightened after the photos were released last month and worried about the impact it would have on her career.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory,” Lawrence, who won a best actress Academy Award for “Silver Linings Playbook,” told the magazine.
The star of the blockbuster “Hunger Games” franchise said she considered writing an apology but had been in a loving, four-year relationship and realized she had nothing to say sorry for.
“It’s not a scandal,” she said. “It’s a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”
Lawrence had been dating British actor Nicholas Hoult but the couple reportedly split up this summer.
Photos of Lawrence, model Kate Upton, actress Kirsten Dunst and other women had apparently been hacked from individual iCloud accounts and were uploaded to the image-sharing forum 4chan.
The FBI said it was aware of the release of the photos and was addressing the matter. Apple Inc admitted that certain celebrity accounts had been compromised, but the company said none of the cases it had investigated were due to any breach in Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone.
The iCloud system lets users store photos and other content and to access it from any Apple device.
Sarah Silverman, the sharp-tongued Jewish comic, did not wait long after the end of Yom Kippur to start sinning again.
Appearing on Saturday Night Live, just hours after the holiest of Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur (also known as the Day of Atonement), was over, she cracked her first joke at the expense of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.
It started out cute, but Silverman being Silverman couldn’t resist taking a pot shot at her fellow Jews, who wear long black coats in public for religious reasons of modesty.
“Tonight is the end of the holiday of Yom Kippur,” said Silverman toward the beginning of her opening monologue, “and I just want to take this opportunity to say to all the Hasidic Jews out there: I promise you God will not mind if you wear a nice cotton blend in the summer. You are being ridiculous.”
Worried that your day-old infant won’t be forgiven on Yom Kippur? Maybe you should wave a chicken over his head.
That’s the route one ultra-Orthodox woman has taken in a video circulating widely on WhatsApp and posted to the internet today by Yeshiva World News.
It’s unclear where or when the video was recorded — one source says Kiryas Joel in upstate New York, another claims Israel.
The video depicts and ultra-Orthodox woman clutching a chicken in a hospital ward for newborn babies and performing the Kapparot ritual over a presumably male infant.
Kapparot usually entails Jewish men circling a chicken over their heads on the eve of Yom Kippur and then having the chicken slaughtered, in a symbolic transfer of God’s judgment.
Performing the ritual over a newborn appears to be highly unusual.
“To think for a moment that me taking a chicken and waving that chicken, that I’m going to receive atonement, it’s foolish,” Rabbi Shea Hecht told the Forward earlier this week. Rather, he said, “It’s meant to give me the mindset that when I enter the synagogue [at the start of Yom Kippur], that I recognize that life is a gift.”
New York’s favorite hipster photographer, Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York (or HONY, to those in the know!), just published a selection of portraits from his recent “unscheduled side trip” to Israel.
The photos, posted on his Humans of New York Facebook page, are no different than his other work: they are not politically driven — they just capture a snapshot of regular people’s lives. Israelis and Palestinians shared their hopes and dreams with Stanton as he roamed in and around Jerusalem.
Check out a few of our favorites below:
Netflix Inc said on Thursday that comedian and actor Adam Sandler has signed a deal to star in and produce four films that will be shown exclusively on the video-streaming service.
The deal moves Netflix, which produces the Emmy-winning political thriller “House of Cards” and the comedy-drama “Orange Is the New Black,” further into original programming.
“His appeal spans across viewers of all ages - everybody had a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line - not just in the U.S. but all over the world,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement.
The four feature films from Sandler’s company, Happy Madison Productions, will be shown in the nearly 50 countries where Netflix is available.
Brooklyn-born Sandler, 48, started his career as a stand-up comedian before joining the NBC comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live.”His films include “Big Daddy,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Grown Ups” and this year’s “Men, Women & Children,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
It was a heady gathering of “Jewish Eagles” — ADL’s Abe Foxman, World Jewish Congress’ **Ronald Lauder, ** AJC’s David Harris, American Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations’ Malcolm Hoenlein and B’nai B’rith president Allan Jacobs gathered at the Fifth Avenue residence of Germany’s newly appointed Consul General Brita Wagener for the presentation of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Knight Commander’s Cross) to Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The arrival of Elie and Marion Wiesel was greeted with explosive applause by the German consular staff. Wiesel was led to the podium next to a window overlooking a breathtaking sunlit view of Manhattan with St. Patrick’s Cathedral nearby. Touting the presentation of the medal as “a humble gesture of my country showing gratitude for your lifetime achievements and relentless efforts to keep the memory alive of the worst crime in all of history—the Shoah– against the Jewish people,” minister Steinmeier declared: “With this order of Merit we want to honor the writer, the philanthropist, historian, professor, the outstanding Mentsch that you are!” During the presentation Marion Wiesel never took her eyes off Elie.
Marion and Elie Wiesel // Photo by Masha Leon
Recalling Wiesel’s “unforgettable visit to Buchenwald with President Obamaand Chancellor Merkel in June 2009, “ Steinmeier said, “I will never forget the words you said — let me quote: ‘Memories bring people together rather than set them apart. Memories are not to sow anger in our hearts, but on the contrary, a sense of solidarity…. What greatness to find such words in a place of such unspeakable terror!”
“We have taken your message into our hearts…. Over the last decades the remembrance of the Holocaust has brought Germany and Jews closer to each other…Today Israel is one of Germany’s closest allies and welcomes Germany’s role in the Middle East peace process…. Jewish people visit Germany…feel welcome in a country which has reinvented itself after the darkest chapters of its history.”
“Thank you for your words of kindness,” responded a contemplative Wiesel. “To receive a medal of recognition from Germany is not a normal thing in my life,” he said softly. “The past is here. The past is not absent from the present. We remember things that happened two thousand years ago as if they happened yesterday. Every day in our prayers we remember the good, we remember the bad. The choice, is always ours — ultimately.”
Noting, “my German students are some of my best,” Wiesel added: “Look, when we study Jewish history [it is] full of suffering, full of pain. How can you still have faith in humankind [my] students ask. Anti-Semitism is the oldest hate still here. Why? They hate us of what we are…not for what we do…. What is it that elicits such hate?”
As Wiesel and Marion joined the Jewish leadership and German diplomatic assemblage for a post presentation lunch, I managed quick — as always in Yiddish — chat with Elie as we wished each other a gut yontef.
A still from Gilmore Girls
Today is a big day. Today is the day we reconnect with Lorelai and Rory. Today is the day Netflix starts streaming all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls.
WE. JUST. CAN’T. EVEN.
The Gilmores themselves aren’t Jewish — Richard and Emily would gasp at the thought — but the show did give us such gems as the dancing rabbi, Kirk as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and “Oy with the poodles already!” And those mandatory Friday night dinners at the parents’? Come on, they just scream Shabbat.
But more than that, there’s the theme song. Yes, that theme song.
Who knew it had a secret Jewish connection?
Carole King isn’t the only Jewish thing about “Where You Lead.” The lyrics, as King herself points out, come from the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Ruth. Remember that chorus? Of course you do, we all know it by heart: “Where you lead, I will follow, any-anywhere that you tell me to.”
Compare that to what the Moabite-born Ruth tells Naomi, her mother-in-law, about her decision to adopt the Israelite faith:
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.
Let’s take a second to visualize this: Lorelai as Naomi, Rory as Ruth. The analogy actually works pretty well.
Ruth, unnaturally close to her mother-in-law, vows to cling to Naomi to her dying breath. Rory is almost creepily attached to her mom (see: The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale), to the point where they’ve only spent two nights apart in the first 16 years of Rory’s existence.
Naomi gives Ruth pointers on how to seduce Boaz on a threshing floor; Lorelai helps Rory woo Dean with a Willy Wonka movie night (also on the floor).
The townspeople tell Naomi that Ruth is better than seven sons. The good folks of Stars Hollow wouldn’t give the prestigious title of Ice Cream Queen to just anyone — only their darling Rory.
And so, as you’re binging your way through TV’s most excellent show, downing your 15th cup of coffee and nth donut of the day, keep your ears perked for the surprisingly Jewy theme song. It’s not all about the la-la-las.
“Shimon Peres is still looking forward…never giving up on his dream that young Israelis and Palestinians will be able to overcome their differences and build a better world for both,” said Ron Prosor Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations of Israel’s former PM and president and an honoree at the Anti-Defamation League gala dinner at The Mandarin Oriental.
“Having served his country over seven decades…working to bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace…he is a man of the future…. seeking a new job.” Prosor joked that it was “now time to do what every Israeli does when he finishes his national service — He backpacks through South America…. to Machu Picchu….” The former president’s itinerary was drowned out by the 350 guests’ laughter as clips from Peres’ granddaughter Mika Almog’s video showed Nobel Peace Prize winner Peres delivering pizza pies…milking cows…washing windows…
Shimon Peres // Photo by Masha Leon
Declaring Peres “a man of the future,“ ADL National Director Abraham Foxman presented him with ADL’s Distinguished Leadership Award — an Agam menorah. He lauded Peres’ focus on” medical research, technological advances…” as means of “bringing about peace.” A still feisty though frail ninety-one year old Peres alluded to a moral army led by the ADL with “Abe” [Foxman] as “ its commander.”
“In the course of the time it takes me to introduce Eric Schmidt, Foxman said, “Google will handle in the neighborhood of twelve million searches…Or, put it another way, in one month Google — the company Eric steered as CEO for more than a decade and now serves as its Executive Chairman — handles over 100 billion searches — Wow!”
Accepting the ADL Leadership award from Foxman, Schmidt said “You have dedicated your entire career to one thing I care a great deal about — tolerance and understanding against hate. The enemy of prejudice is critical thinking…I actually believe that the Internet is the best thing ever invented to combat prejudice… Hate thrives in isolation.” Alluding to the teaching of prejudice and intolerance “out of sight,” Schmidt declared: “The Internet allows us to detect this…. it will never be possible for someone to spew out falsehoods at the level that have built the kind of hatred that ADL has been fighting for one hundred years.”
Cheerily Schmidt suggested: “97% of you sleep next to your mobile phone — spouse on one side, mobile on the other…” The audience members nodded and chuckled. “It never happens now without us knowing it…. When I was a boy growing up in Virginia…we only had Black and White. We didn’t have Jewish. I watched the prejudice of the rural South of Whites against my Black friends and vowed at thirteen that I would fight it with everything I had in me…. To see it live, to see it viscerally is to understand how bad it is. I actually feel that the Internet is the best thing ever invented to combat prejudice…. the Internet allows you to find it…stop it before it takes off. That’s the new world of ADL.”