Miriam Shaviv



Anyone fancy some Jew's Ear Juice?

By Miriam Shaviv, May 4, 2010

You've heard of Yinglish - the mixture of Yiddish and English? Now, courtesy of the New York Times, comes Chinglish - the mixture of Chinese and English:

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Kugel: an expose

By Miriam Shaviv, May 4, 2010

Kugel is generally regarded as a 'traditional' Jewish food. But the Conversations in Klal blog is running an exposé: Kugel was not actually that common in the homes of our European ancestors (for those of us who have European ancestors...). The blog explains that it was incredibly difficult to keep food warm over Shabbat and that most food was eaten cold:

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UN sucks up to Iran

By Miriam Shaviv, April 30, 2010

While we're all sitting back, waiting for the UN to impose sanctions on Iran, that august body has elected Iran onto its Commission for the Status of Women, which is supposedly ""dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women".

Meanwhile, in other news this week,

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Sandra Bullock gives her son a 'bris'

By Miriam Shaviv, April 29, 2010

Sandra Bullock - who is not Jewish - has told People magazine that her adopted son Louis had a "bris", soon after  he was adopted in January:

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Goldstone: the UN Human Rights Council is 'hopeless'

By Miriam Shaviv, April 29, 2010

The New Republic is running a thorough account of the internal row over Israel at Human Rights Watch, which culminated in founder Robert Bernstein accusing the organisation of being anti-Israel in the New York Times last October.

Most of it has been covered before - and is totally damning. But it included one particularly interesting paragraph, new to me at least:

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J-Street Europe to launch next week

By Miriam Shaviv, April 28, 2010

Next Monday in Brussels, a European group modelling itself on J Street will be launched. The first action of 'J Call' (subtitle: 'European Jewish call for reason') will be to present a petition criticising Israeli government policy to the European Parliament.

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Should Israel ban the burka?

By Miriam Shaviv, April 28, 2010

According to the Jerusalem Post, MK Marina Solodkin is going to introduce a bill that would ban full-body and and face coverings for women.

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Hamas's code of ethics

By Miriam Shaviv, April 27, 2010

According to this story ,

Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar on Monday night criticized an animated video released by the group’s military wing which depicted Gilad Schalit returning to Israel in a coffin, saying Hamas “would never kill a captured Israeli soldier.”

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Tory plans for schools 'most interesting idea of this election'

By Miriam Shaviv, April 23, 2010

Last week I wrote about how the Conservatives' school policy would benefit Jewish schools - specifically, allowing parents and other interested groups to open more schools in areas where there is demand, quickly and with state funding straight away.

The Economist now has a comprehensive piece on the Tory plans for the education system - which it says may be "the most interesting idea in this election":

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Political correctness gone mad

By Miriam Shaviv, April 22, 2010

A letter jaw-dropping in its stupidity, in this week's JC:

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The American love affair with Jonathan Sacks continues

By Miriam Shaviv, April 21, 2010

Lord Sacks's chances of bagging a major post in New York when he chooses to end his term as Chief Rabbi just got a major boost, with a rave review of his latest American trip appearing in this week's NY Jewish Week. The author is the paper's editor, Gary Rosenblatt:

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An inappropriate Holocaust memorial?

By Miriam Shaviv, April 21, 2010

Two descendants of a woman who survived Auschwitz have decided to commemorate her suffering in an unusual way: by having her camp number tattooed on their own arms.

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Funky but not so frum

By Miriam Shaviv, April 20, 2010

 

Some Danish clothing designers have modelled their new collection on the Charedi Jews they spotted on the NY subway:

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Signs you're at the White House Yom Ha'atzmaut party

By Miriam Shaviv, April 19, 2010

From Bangitout.com - the best items:

10. You were sure the invitation title,  "Israel dependence Party" was just a mistype
9.  1600 Gift bags consist of eviction notices and a J-street t-shirt
7.  Netanyahu enters with traditional falafel platter and proclaims “We’ve Got Balls!”
6.  People boo when asked for their “Undivided” attention
3. All party expenses deducted from Israel Foreign Aid

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Why parents must vote Tory

By Miriam Shaviv, April 16, 2010

My column this week:

Over the past couple of weeks, countless families have experienced heartache and stress as the rejection letters from Jewish primaries dropped through their letterboxes. As usual, there are simply not enough places in our faith schools to accommodate all our children. And while some will doubtless find a school place over the coming weeks or months - often after much trauma - many others will be locked out of a Jewish education forever, to the detriment of our entire community.

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South Africans back-pedal furiously on Goldstone

By Miriam Shaviv, April 16, 2010

Oh dear. The South African Jewish leadership has apparently only just realised how pressuring Richard Goldstone into missing his grandson's barmitzvah was going to play out in the wider community, and has scrambled into damage-limitation mode. Unfortunately, the letter being circulated by the SA Jewish Board of Deputies just does not do the job:

Dear Community Member

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On the exclusion of Zeida Goldstone

By Miriam Shaviv, April 16, 2010

Judge Goldstone, as everyone now knows, has effectively been barred from attending his grandson's barmitzvah following "negotiations" between the South African Zionist Federation and the Johannesburg shul at which the event was to take place. What pressure, exactly, was brought to bear on the family?

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Severely disabled, is she still a mother?

By Miriam Shaviv, April 15, 2010

An unprecedented, horrific legal dispute is coming up in LA.

Abbie Cohen Dorn, now 34, and her husband Dan, could not have children. After fertility treatments, she became pregnant with triplets. However, during the birth, she was left severely disabled, with brain damage, apparently unable to communicate except - her parents and therapists claim - by blinking.

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Why parents must vote Tory

By Miriam Shaviv, April 15, 2010

Over the past couple of weeks, countless families have experienced heartache and stress as the rejection letters from Jewish primaries dropped through their letterboxes. As usual, there are simply not enough places in our faith schools to accommodate all our children. And while some will doubtless find a school place over the coming weeks or months - often after much trauma - many others will be locked out of a Jewish education forever, to the detriment of our entire community.

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The Nazis' Hebrew-speaking dogs

By Miriam Shaviv, April 13, 2010

A bizarre (or should I say barking?) story in Ha'aretz on how the first dogs in the Austrian police and German army spoke.... Hebrew.

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