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The Jerusalem Post released its hotly anticipated "50 most influential Jews in the world" today, and all we can say is, there are probably a couple dozen mothers out there who are plotzing. So much better than being a dentist.Below, I've singled out some favorites, particularly those with a local connection. Enjoy!Binyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of IsraelRank: No. 3Local connection: Bibi went to Cheltenham High School, from which he graduated, and which obviously determined his success as a world leader. The best sentence on his entire Wiki page is this one: "To this day, he speaks American English with
Coming soon to a bookstore near you: The Diary of Justin Bieber. Or as I like to call it, Baby, Baby, Baby, Oh: Meet Me in the Attic, Anne.
Playboy is launching an Israeli edition that will be in Hebrew and feature Israeli women. My own Hebrew skills only emerge when I'm holding a prayer book with transliterations in it, so the language part doesn't interest me. But as for featuring Israeli women—why did no one think of this before? Israeli women are known—in the U.S., among Eastern European Jews in particular—as very attractive. This is finally the Jewish woman's chance to shine! If ever a Jewish woman were going to make it in the adult industry, it would have to be an Israeli.
Now that Obama has moved forward with his nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, the cries that Hagel is an anti-Semite or anti-Israel (or both) will get louder. The charges bubbled up to mainstream consciousness when a conversation Hagel had with Mideast analyst Aaron David Miller started making the rounds. In the 2006 interview, Hagel stupidly used the term "Jewish lobby" to refer to the pro-Israel lobby, which is problematic for two reasons. First, it makes it sound as though he was invoking the old sinister-cabal stereotype. The second is that it's not accurate: There are probably many more Christians who climb the Capitol steps on Israel's behalf than Jews.
You've been hearing it since about 2007: Barack Obama doesn't like Jews. He's anti-Israel. He "snubbed" the prime minister of Israel. If he's elected, or re-elected, he'll "throw Israel under the bus." And because of the continuing Obama presidency, the future of the Jewish state is in serious question.
Recently, while shopping at Costco, I was perusing the book table. A woman was standing there shouting into her phone that “the book has been removed!” She was pretty heated and clearly upset. “We have to get to the bottom of this! This partisan crap has to stop! People have a right to the truth!” My interest was piqued and, because I’m nosy as hell, I lingered and waited for her to end her call.
Hymie’s Deli, the well-known Main Line eatery, was robbed at gunpoint this past Saturday night. I live within walking distance of Hymie’s and go there a lot, and I’m pretty familiar with their customers. So as a good citizen and a loyal customer, I wanted to offer this post as a public service. Because I know who robbed Hymie’s.
In the past month or so, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)—which monitors discrimination and hate crimes—has tackled two youth-related flaps related to Judaism. The first was a music video by the Groggers—an Orthodox pop-punk band—which tells the story of a Jewish boy who wants to get a nose job to impress a girl. The second was a yellow t-shirt shown on Urban Outfitters' retail website that appeared to have a blue Star of David patch on the breast pocket, recalling the Yellow Badge Jews had to wear during the Holocaust. First, that video:
It has been said—not only by researchers, but also by my grandmother and her five sisters in Miami—that Passover is the favorite holiday of American Jews. As Passover comes to a close this year (by nightfall, Saturday), I’d like to reflect on why this is so.1. Passover is centered around a big meal. This addresses two key facts: We eat a lot and we get cranky if we can't. A serious fast like Ramadan isn't on the table; the kvetching gets serious after just two hours on Yom Kippur. In fact, Yom Kippur is so stressful we have to end it by furiously tearing apart enormous platters of lox, herring and cookies with sprinkles that have been covered with plastic since the Destruction of the Second Temple.