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  • The 8 most memorable Jewish moments on South Park

    It’s been more than 14 years since South Park first aired on Comedy Central. Yeah, I’m not kidding. It’s been around for that long.
    If back in 1997 most people were shocked due to the phenomenal success of a show that featured amateurish animation and toilet humor, it’s now a lonely source of social and political satire in mainstream media. And going 15-seasons strong, it is still very popular. The main reason: the creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker just laugh at everyone. And with Stone being Jewish (though a self-proclaimed atheist), there are a lot of Jewish references. A lot.
    For the return of season 15 on Wednesday I hand-picked the show’s eight most memorable Jewish moments:
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  • Another Jewish year for the Chicago Cubs

    Another year, another painful season for Chicago Cubs fans. This erev Rosh Hashanah marks the last game of the season for the team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908 and hasn’t advanced to the World Series since 1945. Jewcy Editor in Chief Jason Diamond knows this all too well. [[READMORE]] "My mother’s side of… More ▸

  • Jewish king of comedy Sid Caesar turns 89

    Legendary Jewish comedian Sid Caesar turns eighty-nine years old today. Ten years ago on his birthday, Mr. Caesar made a guest appearance on the improv comedy show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" hosted by Drew Carey, where he wowed the audience with his linguistic prowess — and showed that he’s still plenty funny. Video after the… More ▸

  • The haimish line and the charity stripe

    Do Jewish professional basketball players live above or below the haimish line? [[READMORE]] David Brooks’s old-timey espousal of the haimish line is powerful. "Often, as we spend more on something,"  opines Brooks, "what we gain in privacy and elegance we lose in spontaneous sociability." Just as self-restraint can be fulfilling, shtetl wisdom can be refreshing…. More ▸

  • Mormon leader: Hawaii is Jewish

    News flash: Hawaii is totally Jewish. So said one Mormon leader on the anniversary of Brigham Young’s death. [[READMORE]] Brigham Young died on August 29, 1877. The anniversary of the Mormon leader’s death may have set the stage for this speech, reported in the Jewish Daily Bulletin news brief from 1924: Leader of Mormons Thinks Hawaiians Descendents of… More ▸

  • A Hurricane named Israel?

    Fresh off an earthquake earlier this week, the East Coast is bracing for Hurricane Irene this weekend. Ten summers ago, the designated name of a hurricane was at the "I" of an international public relations storm: News Brief  June 7, 2001 - The World Meteorological Organization altered its list of names for this summer’s typhoons and hurricanes,… More ▸

  • Hoover hears a Jew

    Herbert Hoover, president from 1929-1933 (and whose birthday is today), has a few less-than-cheery associations: Hoovertowns, the Great Depression, and his pre-presidency role as head of Food Administration during World War I, which involved food-rationing slogans like “when in doubt, eat potatoes.”. What he probably isn’t known for is involvement with the Jewish community. But… More ▸

  • Lower the bar: words of distraction for aspiring Jewish lawyers

    Taking the bar exam tomorrow? Looking for encouragement? Here are a few quick distractions to cool your nerves and reassure you about your career path decision. No guarantees, of course.  [[READMORE]] Stereotypes about Jews in the legal profession are a sensitive matter, as CBS learned in 1971:  "’All in the Family,’ which premiered in January,… More ▸