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Why My Daughter Isn't Bilingual — Yet
Preaching Lost Art of Fermentation
'Homegrown' Story of West Coast Jews
Remembering Mike Wallace
Sisters in Skivvies on the Lower East Side
An Anthem for LGBT Youth
Jewish Gangsters at the Mob Museum
Mayim's Most Important Role
‘Cabaret’ Comes to Tel Aviv
A Transsexual at Yeshiva University
'Strange' Evolution of Legendary Song
Kehinde Wiley Paints Israelis in Color
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Sweating in the Cleveland Schvitz
Berlin Film Festival Gets Serious, Mostly
Addicted to Aggadah
Why Do Men Write All the Baby Manuals?
Jewish Oscar Winners, From Allen to Zinner
Cleveland Rocks — Not Really
Raised Christian, But Jewish by Birth
Be My Israeli Valentine
The Jew and Hitler's Bug
Academy Awards Slideshow
Oscar Wins for ‘The Artist’; ‘Footnote’ Shut Out
The Jewess of 'Downton Abbey'?
The Allure of the Burka
Who Will Light Up Jewish Kids Lit?
Leonard Cohen's Old Whine in a New Bottle
Stephen Colbert vs. Maurice Sendak
X-Rated Dispute in Knesset
A Fraught Journey To Judaism
Bringing Real Bagels to the Motor City
Saying Mazel Tov in Mandarin
Strange Origins of David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'
How Jews Stayed in Good Spirits During Prohibition
The Word 'Jew' Has Fallen Out of Favor
Last Song of Hitler's Favorite Crooner
Making Foodie Resolutions for New Year
For the Glove of the Game
Adrienne Cooper Embodied Progressive Spirit
TV Ripped My Son From Reality
How Authentic Is ‘Porgy and Bess’?
Sandra Bernhard Shows Her Softer Side
Gimme Some New Time Religion
Tintin and the Anti-Semites
Gimme Some Old Time Gossip
Jewish Cookies Santa Would Love
The Hanukkah Bush and Christmas Dreidel
It’s hard to put a price on the heroism of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who helped save more than a thousand Jews from the Nazis. But you can, apparently, place a value on his legendary lists. A New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled that Orange County memorabilia dealer Gary Zimet can proceed with plans to sell one of the rosters, the (UK) Daily Telegraph reports.
Zimet – whose Washingtonville, NY-based company, Moments In Time, specializes in “autographs, documents, manuscripts, signed photographs, and other original historic memorabilia,” according to its web site – says the document could be worth about $2 million, YNetNews reports. An heir to Schindler’s widow Emilie had sued Zimet in May; Marta Rosenberg claimed that selling the document would violate her copyrights. But Sunday’s ruling by Supreme Court Justice Louis York lifted the temporary ban on Zimet’s planned sale. The ruling was “a real victory,” said Zimet, who claims the 13-page document is one of Schindler’s originals.
Back in March, the Forward asked the Village Voice’s Elizabeth Dwoskin, who penned the weekly’s highly publicized New York’s Ten Worst Landlordsroundup, if there was anything that made Jews particularly bad property owners; Semites like Rabbi Moishe Indig, Vantage Properties’ Neil Rubler, and alleged Orthodox bully Jacob Bernat populated the list. At the time, Dwoskin said “there’s no big picture” around religion.
But Dwoskin herself raised a similar question in a Voice cover story this month. ‘How can a religious person justify being a slumlord?” blared the headline. One of the writers Dwoskin sought out for answers was Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the “rabbi in residence” at progressive activists Jewish Funds for Justice and author of “There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition” (2009). “A lot of [Jews] just bifurcate their lives,” she told Dwoskin in a pointed interview. “There is a difference in their head between their religious lives and their business lives.”
Much has been made about how much weight Natalie Portman, 29, and her co-stars had to lose for their roles in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” But for Portman, at least, the scale is about to go in the opposite direction — and with good reason.
Reps for the Israeli-born actress told People magazine that she is pregnant, and engaged to French ballet dancer choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who helped train her to dance the lead role in the film’s production of “Swan Lake.”
Maybe they felt left out after seeing those dueling holiday bus ads by believers and atheists. After pro-Palestinian group Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign bought ads on local buses alleging “Israeli war crimes,” a group calling itself the American Freedom Defense Initiative countered by buying its own ads with messages like “One Billion Dollars to Hamas: Your Taxpayer dollars at Work,” according to JTA. Both campaigns are slated to begin next week.
In the meantime, reports the Seattle Times, leaders of four Jewish organizations yesterday asked local officials to reconsider decisions allowing SMAC’s ads, saying local Jews “have good reason to fear it could lead to crimes against them.” According to the Times, Hilary Bernstein, Pacific Northwest community director of the Anti-Defamation League, told officials the ads “actually pose a public-safety threat.” Rob Jacobs, Northwest regional director of pro-Israel media advocates StandWithUs, said Jewish representatives reminded officials that “synagogues and schools have upgraded security in recent years after their buildings were defaced, a man frightened students as he screamed ‘Heil Hitler!’ on the Seattle Hebrew Academy campus and another man shot six women, one fatally, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle,” according to the Times.
Greece’s fiscal and social problems have complex roots – unless you’re Greek Orthodox bishop Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus, whose explanation takes just three words to summarize: Blame the Jews.
Semites such as “Rockefeller, Rothschild and Soros control the international banking system that controls globalization,” the Metropolite said this week on Greece’s most-watched morning TV show, according to JTA. There is “a conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy” by Zionists, Jewish bankers like Baron Rothschild, and Freemasons,” the clergyman said. He also accused “international Zionism” of trying to destroy the family unit by “promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages.”
Shopping in Israel can be an intensely irritating experience. There’s the line-jumping, the willingness of checkout staff to keep customers waiting while they chat with each other or on cell phones, and the hard-sell for things you don’t need just before you pay. Then there’s the overcharging – not the while-you’re-not-looking kind, but the we’re-waving-it-in-your-face-but-you-can’t-protest kind.
In the States, you pay the price displayed in the store. If something is $9.99 you get your penny coin as change. But in Israel, while things are commonly marked 9.99 shekels, 99.95 shekels, etc., the coins needed for change don’t exist. The smallest denomination of coin is 0.10 shekel, so you often end up paying more than you should.
Talk about a bad typo. On a recent episode of “Fox & Friends,” Elie Wiesel was described as a “Holocaust Winner.” Sure, the ticker label was just a mixed-up combination of “Nobel prize winner” and “Holocaust survivor,” but considering Wiesel was on the show to talk about human rights abuses, it was a pretty unfortunate mistake. While that blunder was fixed right away, there’s not much they can do to fix host Gretchen Carlson’s botched pronunciation of Gilad Shalit’s name. Better luck next time, Gretchen.
Crossposted from Haaretz
“Dawson’s Creek” actor James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Brook said Wednesday that their newborn baby daughter Olivia was named after an olive tree in Israel which served as a romantic spot during their courtship.
“There’s an olive tree in Israel that’s special to us. We spent time under it when we first met in Israel, then we went back to this tree when I was pregnant,” Kimberly said in an interview published in the weekly tabloid People magazine, which also revealed photos of the happy couple with their baby girl.
It’s a stereotype turned on its head. If Israeli researchers are right, the public sector may be more dog-eat-dog than the corporate world.
Haifa University researchers have concluded that employees from the public sector are more likely to use “forceful influence tactics” to get their own way, while in the private sector people are more likely to use their “emotional intelligence.”
The study also found that in the private sector, emotional intelligence on the part of management helps staff to form and keep positive attitudes toward their company, and stave off burnout, intentions to leave and the tendency to neglect work. The impact of emotional intelligence in the public sector, on the other hand, was not as strong.
For those who view the world of international espionage with professionalism and gravity, the insinuation by Egyptian authorities a few weeks ago that the Mossad had employed a shark to terrorize tourists at Sharm el-Sheikh, a Red Sea coastal resort, was nothing short of ludicrous.
And if those same espionage-watchers are convinced spies are brought down by sophisticated covert operations, then perhaps they should examine the tactics of Dragan Stevic, a Serbian tourist, who killed a shark – believed to be one of the Sharm el-Sheikh terrorists – by jumping on its head. Unfortunately, the historical record will forever be hazy because the Serb was “too drunk to remember what happened.”
Everything seemed great in 2007, when registered nurse Alisa Dolinsky got offered a job by the Color-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility on Roosevelt Island, part of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation. But when the observant Jew informed her prospective employer she couldn’t work on the Sabbath, they withdrew the offer. Now, that decision has earned Dolinsky a $40,000 payout from the city’s Commission on Human Rights to settle a discrimination claim, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
“After they offered me the job, I told them that I wasn’t able to work on Shabbat but I could work Saturday nights and Sundays,” Dolinsky, 34, told the Journal. “They told me if that’s the case, if you can’t work on Shabbat, we can’t offer the job,” the New Jersey resident said. The city denied any wrongdoing, according to the Journal. But its Commission on Human Rights agreed last week to the settlement with Dolinsky, “who never worked a day for the facility.”
Maybe Jimmy Kimmel thought all rabbis look alike.
Reuters reported last week that ABC’s late-night funnyman has been hit with a lawsuit by a Brooklyn Jew whose likeness Kimmel featured in a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” parody video. In a sketch that aired in August, Kimmel spoofed a visit that basketball superstar LeBron James had made to so-called “rabbi to the stars” Yishayahu Yosef Pinto. In the segment, “Kimmel told viewers that he too had met with the rabbi, and then showed a video edited to make it seem that Kimmel was listening to an Orthodox Jew blathering incoherently in Yiddish,” according to Gothamist.com. But the punim in the video actually belonged to one Dovid Sandek of Borough Park — also known as “the flying Rabbi,” Gothamist said, “though he’s not technically a rabbi.”
Golden Globe nominations are in and “The King’s Speech,” written by Jewish screenwriter David Seidler, did not go unrecognized. Haaretz reports that the movie, which is inspired by Seidler’s family ties to the Holocaust and the silence that surrounded the tragedy, snagged seven nominations.
He’s not the only Jew worthy of a mazel tov. “The Social Network,” about Mark Zuckererg’s early empire years, received six nods. Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg, will go up against “127 Hours” star James Franco in the dramatic category (Franco recently expressed his desire to become a bar mitzvah).
Don’t judge a book by its cover is a phrase that can warm any author’s heart. But how does an author react when readers tell him that they remove the cover when reading his book in public? If you’re Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, you accept the feedback knowing you’ve done your job.
So Foxman said at a party Tuesday night at Manhattan’s Loews Regency Hotel to celebrate his latest book, “Jews & Money: The Story of a Stereotype,” published last month by Palgrave Macmillan. The host of the party was co-chairman of Loews Corporation Andrew Tisch, who along with Donald Trump and Michael Steinhardt, have contributed blurbs for the book jacket (Trump calls it a “must-read”).
19-year-old Gai Assulin has the moves. Having been chased by several clubs since leaving Barcelona Football Club in July, he’s opted for Manchester City. The club offered the midfielder a two-and-a-half year deal.
Former Barcelona player Yaya Toure is credited with persuading Assulin to move to Eastlands.
At 16, Assulin was the youngest player by 195 days to have played for Israel. Check out the video of his first game below. Go on, you blues!
The Western Wall was abnormally busy this afternoon. More people than on a usual Friday left their Sabbath preparations and braved the cool Jerusalem weather to head for the Wall. Why?
One reason is that today is a fast day, the Fast of Tevet, and people wanted to pray at the special afternoon service. But there’s another far more surprising explanation. Israel’s most revered Haredi rabbi, Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, had declared that going to the Western Wall should be a weekday-only activity because when the site’s security cameras film you, you become a Sabbath transgressor.
It was bound to be a bizarre experience for me. Instead of rolling through my modest Brooklyn neighborhood, I was going to the fancy Pierre Hotel to sit in a room full of New York City’s elite. If you are not accustomed to the rigors of society life, a tableau of rich folk dolled up for a night out is both intimidating and comic. The fact that the reception on the evening of December 13 was being given by the American Sephardic Foundation in honor of King Mohammed VI of Morocco only added layers to the strangeness of my situation.
Distinguished guest after distinguished guest stood at the podium as wine was poured for the assembled party, and effusive words were spoken in praise of King Mohammed. There was a definite charm, even a relief, in hearing a room full of Jews applauding a Muslim monarch and paying homage to his wisdom and beneficence to the Jewish community. The evening had a feeling of the middle ages: the era of court Jews and royal indulgences. The King’s award was accepted by Serge Berdugo, an ambassador and a descendant of a family of Jewish royal advisors to the Moroccan throne.
Winona Ryder, the 90s star who can be seen starring alongside Natalie Portman in the newly released film “Black Swan,” is sharing some not-so-warm Mel Gibson memories. Turns out, Gibson’s racist tirades, which have come into the spotlight in the past few years, actually date back over a decade.
Ryder, 39, whose career was dampened due to a little shoplifting scandal, is now back on the acting scene, and she’s talking about the past. US Magazine reports that in an interview with GQ Magazine, Ryder discusses how 15 years ago, “at one of those big Hollywood parties,” Gibson had a few too many drinks and was acting out. She explains, “I was with my friend, who’s gay. [Gibson] made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it.”
Movies, music, books… ‘Tis the season for top 10 lists. And the Simon Wiesenthal Center has jumped in the ring with its own: The “2010 Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs.”
Former UPI White House bureau chief Helen Thomas topped the chart with her infamous, on-camera “Jews should get the hell out of Palestine” quote, which ended up tanking her 57-year career. Oliver Stone nabbed the No. 2 spot with deep thoughts about Hitler as “an easy scapegoat throughout history” who “did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.” And while other familiar faces round out the roster — including former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohammed, German Central Bank exec Thilo Sarrazin, and ex-CNN loudmouth Rick Sanchez — the list is anchored not by a person, but by social networks like Facebook (home of pages like “Kill a Jew Year”), Yahoo! Finance message boards (“Burn all the Jews up”) and Twitter (“Dropping bows on Jew nose, throwin cracks at wetbacks”).
Tip to Hollywood stars trying to keep a low profile in Israel: wear a hat, and don’t be there to visit your Israeli girlfriend.
Obeying those rules has worked out just fine for Denzel Washington, who spent several low-key days in Jerusalem this week before being detected today by reporters over at Ynetnews.com. The website of Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported that Washington has been in the country with his wife, and that the two-time Oscar winner has spent his trip visiting Jerusalem’s Old City, sampling its hummus and shopping for souvenirs.
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