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  • Top three Jewy moments at the Oscars

    So Steven Spielberg and the Israeli films came up empty. But there were still a few Jewy moments. [[READMORE]] 1) The Oscar for best "Jews control Hollywood" joke [UPDATE: The ADL isn't laughing]: 2) Babs! 3) We’re not sure if it was meant as a nebbish-gets-the-shiksha-goddes joke, but… Seth MacFarlane asks the audience to imagine the two…

  • NY Post vs. ADL: Did John Galliano do Hasidic chic for Fashion Week?

    This blog post was revised in light of the ADL’s statement. What’s up with I Love Hitler/I No Longer Love Hitler fashion designer John Galliano stealing my youngest son’s Purim costume? The New York Post uses its front page to take aim at what the paper describes as Galliano’s hasidic chic look for Fashion Week: [[READMORE]]…

  • Ed Koch’s final word on President Obama (we think)

    Until his death Friday morning, Ed Koch has been seen as something of a bellwether of where Jewish liberal-hawks stood on the question of whether Democrats (and one Democratic president in particular) were going soft in their support for Israel. Koch backed W. in 2004, then disappointed Jewish GOPers by endorsing Barack Obama four years later….

  • Ahmadinejad in space?

    After successful monkey launch, Tehran is promising to send a man into space. If it’s a one-way trip, we have someone in mind.

  • Is AIPAC winning or losing in Hagel fight?

    AIPAC has taken no formal position on the Chuck Hagel nomination — which is no surprise, since the lobbying group generally avoids getting publicly involved in confirmation battles. But that’s not stopping the pundits from debating whether the Hagel fight is turning out to be a win or a loss for AIPAC. With Hagel’s chances increasing…

  • Lenny Bruce is smiling: Jew = cool in Netherlands

    Lenny Bruce lives on in the Netherlands — a researcher claims the kids there are now using "Jew" as a synonym for cool. OK, OK. That’s not quite what Bruce was saying. But still… (If you don’t get the Lenny Bruce reference, you’re goyish.)

  • Chofetz Chaim yeshiva: Hagel treif, Schumer: Hagel kosher

    At least one yeshiva is so nervous about Chuck Hagel that it took the unusual step of sending out a message to its supporters, urging them to fight his nomination to lead the Pentagon. In particular, the leaders of the Chofetz Chaim yeshiva in Queens (aka Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yisrael Meir HaKohen) wrote, it was important…

  • NYT: Morsi’s anti-Semitic videos put him in a bind

    From the New York Times: Since beginning his campaign for president, Mr. Morsi has promised to uphold Egypt’s treaty with Israel and to seek peace in the region. In recent months, he has begun to forge a personal bond with President Obama around their successful efforts to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants…

  • Colin Powell: It’s ‘disgraceful’ to play anti-Semitic card against Hagel

    During his "Meet The Press" appearance over the weekend, Colin Powell ordered Chuck Hagel to write 100 times on a blackboard that there is no Jewish lobby, just an Israel lobby. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy But Powell also gave Hagel’s critics the paddle for playing the anti-Semitism card: They…

  • Ed Koch and Alan Dershowitz give thumbs down to Hagel

    In separate interviews with The Algemeiner, Alan Dershowitz and Ed Koch — two prominent Jewish backers/validators of President Obama — are slamming the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense. Dershowitz said the pick is a stinker and will increase the likelihood that Iran pushes forward with its nuclear program. But he…