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  • Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce...Cohen?

    Jennifer Lipman
    Oct 4, 2010

    I’m slightly behind on this season’s Mad Men, so in the interests of not ruining the suspense, I can’t Google too heavily for this one.

    But it seems Don Draper might be getting a Jewish love interest.

    In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, actress Cara Buono reveals the truth about her character Faye:

  • Justin Bieber, Bar Mitzvah boy?

    Jennifer Lipman
    Oct 4, 2010

    Well, sort of.

    As this picture shows, it's just a matter of time. And it follows the revelation, care of Justin's Jewish manager Scooter Braun, that the singer has a Jewish side.

    According to Mr Braun, the young pop sensation "prays the Shema before each show.

  • Netta Zucker's new son

    Jennifer Lipman
    Sep 27, 2010

    He’s unlikely to remember anything about it, but the newborn son of Sharon and Netta Zucker has had a dramatic entrance into the world.

    Who are the Zuckers? They are an Israeli couple who were driving near the Teneh Omarim settlement last night when they were attacked by Palestinian terrorists.

    Gunmen, believed to be from the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) and the al-Quds Brigades (Islamic Jihad's military wing), shot at the car, mildly injuring Sharon Zucker.

  • Star of David, the science way

    Jennifer Lipman
    Sep 22, 2010

    As anyone who knows me can testify, I'm no scientist.

    Still, I thought this particular finding by academics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem was rather lovely.

    Apparently, it’s a new type of nanoparticle. Certainly more interesting than my lasting memory of biology class - looking at red onion through a microscope.

  • He's behind you!

    Geoffrey Paul
    Sep 21, 2010

    If you are of Transylvanian descent, watch out. I received this worrying message today: "Vampire Teeth, listed as approved Parev on p.41 of The Really Jewish Food Guide 2010 are currently being reformulated." I really cannot be sure whether the fangs are being sharpened or, more likely, blunted since the London Beth Din - Kashrut Division issued the warning. Apparently, gelatine is being injected into the molars which, when they bite, will infect you with treif. Oh, the trials of kashrut....

  • Succah, up and away

    Jennifer Lipman
    Sep 17, 2010

    After the kerfuffle caused by one Rabbi Mordechai Halperin when he flew to Germany with a suspicious shofar packed in his suitcase, it’s good to hear that lulavs and etrogs won’t meet the same fate.

    From the US Transport Security Administration:

    “Observant Jewish travelers may carry four plants – a palm branch, myrtle twigs, willow twigs, and a citron – in airports and through security checkpoints. These plants are religious articles and may be carried either separately or as a bundle. Jewish travelers may be observed in prayer, shaking the bundle of plants in six directions.

    "TSA’s screening procedures do not prohibit the carrying of such agricultural items through the airport or security checkpoints, or on airplanes. These plants are not on TSA’s Prohibited Items List."

  • Lady Gaga's bad taste

    Jennifer Lipman
    Sep 14, 2010

    Lady Gaga’s meaty costume choice at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday has according to The Times (paywall or I’d link) upset members of the Hindu community.

    It has also annoyed the animal rights organisation Peta, who described it as “offensive” to wear cuts out of a dead cow.

    Let’s refresh. Gaga, who has in her short career worn a dress made of Kermit the frog and offed her boyfriend in the video for Paparazzi, is supposed to do these things.

  • Kosher alerts

    Geoffrey Paul
    Sep 3, 2010

    I have now read two accounts of people being pulled in by airport security because they were transporting shofarot from one country to another. But neither of them matches the experience of a gentle rabbi of my acquaimtance who, taking his lulav to synagogue in one of those closed cardboard containers which give no idea of their content, was challenged by a policeman during a period of high alert to say what was in the box. “A palm frond. some willows and sprigs of myrtle,” he told the increasingly suspicious officer. “Oh, yes,” said the PC, “and you’re going to tell me that other square box contains a lemon!” It took some patient explanation and an escort to shul to avert a major alert in south London. But then I could tell you about the wartime occasion when my father was challenged by railway police in a closed compartment aboard an LMS train with the blinds drawn…he had just donned his tefillin!

  • Does Time magazine care about peace?

    Jennifer Lipman
    Sep 2, 2010

    Nobody yet knows what will come of the latest round of Middle East peace talks, although it seems everybody in the international media has an opinion. That’s to be expected; there is perhaps no topic that gets tongues wagging quite so much as Israel.

    But reasoned analysis is one thing. Quite another is what Time magazine have done this week. The cover of their September 13 issue reads, delicately encased in a star of David made of flowers: “Why Israel doesn’t care about peace”.

    Time is one of the biggest selling weekly news magazines out there. Which means that for the next week, on every newsstand and every magazine rack, across countless coffee tables and waiting rooms, the message is: “blame the Israelis for the failure of the talks”, or that “any progress comes despite them.”

  • Tour Ed?

    Jennifer Lipman
    Sep 1, 2010

    Labour’s would-be leader Ed Miliband gave an interview to the Evening Standard yesterday in which he laid out his views on marriage and his education policies. Then, despite stating that he was an avowed atheist, Miliband-the-younger added:

    “Obviously I'm Jewish, it is part of my identity, but not in a religious sense. I don't wish I had had a more religious upbringing.

    “But I have Jewish friends who were part of the Jewish community growing up, going to Jewish youth clubs and other things.