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  • The Duggar family now includes an ‘Israel’

    It’s no secret that non-Jews are into Jewish names. Sarah Palin named her dog Hadassah. Gwyneth Paltrow (that perennially “almost” Jewish actress) and Chris Martin named their son Moses. In recent years, the name Cohen has become a popular first name amongst non-Jews. So it might not come as a surprise to some that Jill… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Niv Asraf wasn’t the first Jew to fake a kidnapping

    Twenty-two-year-old Niv Asraf recently became, as he put it, “the most hated person in Israel” for faking his own kidnapping in the West Bank and needlessly triggering a costly rescue effort. He’s not the first Jew to pull such a stunt. In 1997, Israeli businessman Ya’acov Schwartz, disappeared for several days, abandoning his car near the Gaza border…. More ▸

  • Does Don Draper want to be Jewish?

    Spoiler alert: The post below discusses the content of “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 8 (“Severance”) In the weeks before the beginning of the final season of “Mad Men,” the show’s creator Matthew Weiner did rounds of interviews on his Jewish roots. He even recently sat down for an interview with New York Magazine critic Matt… More ▸

  • Germanwings tragedy eerily echoes Damian Szifron’s ‘Wild Tales’

    The news that the mentally disturbed pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 intentionally crashed the plane into a mountainside has horrified people all over the world. But for those who’ve seen “Wild Tales,” an Argentinian film that was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the Academy Awards this year, the news was particularly chilling. That’s… More ▸

  • One Arab-Israeli man buys all the government’s chametz each year

    Ever wonder how the Israeli government gets rid of its chametz, or leavened foods, at Passover? For the past 15 years it has been symbolically selling all the chametz from state-owned companies, the prison service and Israel’s national emergency supply to Hussein Jabar, an Arab-Israeli resident of Abu Ghosh. It then buys it all back… More ▸

  • Meet the new ‘Jewish Oprah’

    On April 1, Naomi Firestone-Teeter became executive director of the Jewish Book Council, which promotes the reading, writing, publishing and distribution of English-language Jewish books. Firestone-Teeter, whose predecessor Carolyn Hessel has been called “the Jewish Oprah” for her success at promoting books, has been working her way up in the organization since graduating from Emory University in 2006, serving most… More ▸