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  • For Norm Coleman, the enemy of his enemy is a client

    Heeb and The Nation have had some fun with the revelation that former Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman — also a current Republican Jewish Coalition board member — is a registered lobbyist for the Saudis. On July 15, Coleman, who has since 2011 lobbied with the firm of Hogan Lovells, registered under the Foreign Agents… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Hearing the left, sand and citrus, roving rabbis

    Hearing the left: Responding to a New York Times Op-Ed, Noah Efron writes that the Israeli left hasn’t been silenced by a right-wing cabal but has just failed to make its case.  (Haaretz) Sand and citrus: In Halutza, a barren area wedged between the borders of Gaza and Egypt, Jewish settlers evicted from Gaza have built new… More ▸

  • Belarus falls (literally) all over native son Eliezer Ben Yehuda

    The sun was already at a zenith when a bus full Jewish tourists rolled into the small Belarusian town of Glubokoe. The drab building style and visible poverty of this ex-Soviet town failed to excite the passengers – journalists and VIP participants of the Belarus conference organized earlier this month by the Jewish learning group… More ▸

  • Sitting shiva on ‘The Simpsons’

    For diehard Jewish fans of “The Simpsons,” a Mourner’s Kaddish will be in order at this weekend’s Yom Kippur services. Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, the father of the blue-haired Krusty the Clown (voiced by Jackie Mason, who won an Emmy in 1992 for the role), passed away on this Sunday’s episode, the show’s 26th season premiere…. More ▸

  • The Jewish stars of ‘Star Trek’ shill for VW

    Last year Volkswagen donated more than a million dollars to an international youth center at Auschwitz. In 2011 it donated $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. And in 2009 it was reported that the Beetle — that iconic VW creation — was actually designed by a Jew. But the German automaker — which, like other… More ▸

  • Watch what happens when these non-Jews try Jewish food

    Every year, Jews gather to celebrate the High Holidays: They blow the shofar, they fast, they ask for repentance, and of course, they eat. And every year, there’s someone new at the dinner table, tepidly prodding his or her gefilte fish, and assuring the cook with an unconvincing smile that everything tastes “really good.” If you… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Drama at Camp David, Salaita’s unlikely defender, kosher becomes chic

    Drama at Camp David: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright discusses how Jimmy Carter brokered an “impossible” Egypt-Israel peace in only 13 furious days. (NPR) Salaita’s unlikely defender: A Jewish professor from Brooklyn College is leading the charge to reinstate Steven Salaita, whose job offer at the University of Illinois was rescinded over anti-Israel tweets. (N.Y. Times) Kosher becomes chic: Young… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Fired from ‘Fiddler’

    “Fiddler on the Roof,” which celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Broadway debut this week, has introduced Jews and Judaism to millions of people around the world. But while the show has embraced “Tradition,” it hasn’t always accommodated those seeking to observe tradition. Two years into its first Broadway run and just one year after Sandy Koufax famously… More ▸