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By Joel Magalnick · Posted October 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm
When the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens visited last week to speak for the Seattle chapter of the American Jewish Committee, we sat down and chatted about a wide range of stuff. You can see his take on the Middle East here, but he had some specific words about Israel:
This is Seattle and probably a lot of your readers think I’m some kind of a right-wing lunatic. The case that I make when I speak is the powerful case to be made on Israel’s behalf is not the Jewish case, which is essentially a narrow case. It’s not the Christian case, and it’s not even the conservative case, though it’s worth pointing out that American soldiers have died for Iraqis, Kuwaitis, Saudis, Afghans, Somalis, Bosnians — but not a single American soldier has ever died defending Israel, the only ally we have that actually defends itself. But the powerful case is the liberal case, which is to say that there is one state in the Middle East you would want to live in if you’re gay. The one state you’d want to live in if you’re a woman with any kind of career…
By emily · Posted September 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm
I know, it’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a pretty exciting week.
My favorite story thus far comes from a delayed aircraft in Tel Aviv, where several Hasidim en route to Rebbe Nachman’s grave in Uman, Ukraine, were arrested for unruly behavior. The delay was caused by something pretty serious — two Palestinian men running through a security barrier in a stolen truck. When that kind of stuff happens in Israel and it delays your plane, you shut up and wait. But in this case, the men got a bad case of cabin fever, rioted, and since there were no garbage cans to set fire to they damaged the emergency oxygen systems.
The pilgrimage brings as many as 25,000 Breslov Hasidim to Uman at the Jewish New Year. In other shenanigans, around 50 men traveling to Uman were arrested yesterday morning on their way out of Israel for forged passports, fleeing the country, or because they were wanted…
By emily · Posted August 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm
Marc Maron. Credit: Larry Hirshowitz
A detailed study of the acts at this year’s Bumbershoot show that with the exception, perhaps, of a backup singer or two, the musical acts are woefully bereft of Jews. Where in the past we had Monotonix (the Israeli punk band whose act was cut off mid-set when the singer began crowd surfing), Tony Bennett (oh, wait, everybody only thinks he’s Jewish), Wayne Horvitz, Bob Dylan (is he still Jewish?), and Balkan Beat Box.
So if you’re perusing the lineup looking for someone to sneak a bite of bacon with, you’re stuck with the comedians. Which, if we’re going to be honest, is probably appropriate.
So here are the Jews you can check out. I’ve done some research, and most of them are actually pretty funny.
Marc Maron: “My parents were the first generation of Jews who moved as far away from their parents as possible for reasons other than fleeing a country.”
Sat. at 1 p.m., Sun. at 8 p.m. at Comedy at the Playhouse. Sun. at 4:45 p.m.…
By emily · Posted August 15, 2013 at 1:26 am
Sam Horowitz, a pre-pubescent nerd who turned 13 this year, treated his Bar Mitzvah class to a boner-fest (and probably induced a couple of eating disorders among the girls) when he made an entrance to his Bar Mitzvah party through the ceiling amidst a troupe of scantily clad ‘20s-style female dancers. Ostentatious and embarrassing…but the kid’s got some moves. And you kinda get the sense he’s not really checking out the ladies…
Creepy San Diego mayor Bob Filner reached a new low - because yes, you can get lower than having 14 women file sexual harassment charges against you AND asking the city to help pay your legal bills - when Hooters announced it was banning him from area restaurants. The women declared “we believe women should be treated with respect.” How revolutionary.
Israel is releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners (i.e., known terrorists)…
By emily · Posted August 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm
What makes this week different from all others? Precisely nothing. We’ve got our sex scandal, our unsavory comments, and the typical spying winged creature. Just another week in Jews.
Are we really still talking about this d-bag? Lena Dunham weighs in. Part of me wants to keep looking at this train wreck.
Worst first day of work ever
Israel’s brand-new Ashkenazi chief rabbi, David Lau, started out his new 10-year career with an insult to black basketball players when he remarked offhandedly, ““Why do you care about whether the ‘kushim’ who get paid in Tel Aviv beat the ‘kushim’ who get paid in Greece?” Kushim is slang for black. He cancelled his vacation plans after news outlets jumped all over his comments,…
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