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  • Porn pioneer Al Goldstein dies at 77

    Al Goldstein, the man who brought his particular brand of hard-core porn to the masses, died on Thursday in a nursing home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. The cause of death was renal failure, The New York Times reports. Goldstein was best known for sharing his raunchy sensibilities and radical ideas via Screw magazine and his New… More ▸

  • Watch: Lou Reed doing his part at a Seder

    Legendary Jewish rocker Lou Reed passed away this weekend at age 71, and since the news broke there has been a flurry of digital tributes. Among them are Tweets from Jewish stars like Bette Midler, Richard Lewis and Judd Apatow, a piece about how the  musician influenced one yeshiva student, and a link to a… More ▸

  • London street to be named after Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse’s name may live on in the streets of her hometown–literally. Residents near her old London neighborhood have been asked to brainstorm names for roads in an area being redeveloped for housing. Amy’s fans are voting for Winehouse Street, reports the Sun. Her family is understandably psyched. “To think that our surname would be… More ▸

  • ‘Dear Abby’ columnist Pauline Phillips dies at 94

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Pauline Phillips, the woman known to the world as the advice columnist behind “Dear Abby,” has died. Phillips, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, died Wednesday at 94 after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease, according to news reports. Writing under the pseudonym Abigail van Buren, Phillips’ “Dear Abby” was syndicated in… More ▸

  • Drake won’t face charges for brawl with Chris Brown

    More than five months after the Jewish-Canadian rapper Drake was involved in a brawl with rapper Chris Brown at a New York City nightclub, the case is finally closed. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources say there isn’t enough evidence to move forward with the case. The brawl happened on June 14th at the WIP… More ▸

  • Adam Yauch’s revealed will is his life in a nutshell

    It’s been a little over three months since Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, better known as MCA, passed away at age 47 from salivary cancer. Yauch passed away only a few days after the Beastie Boys, the groundbreaking rap group he co-founded with rappers Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) and Mike D (Michael Diamond), was inducted into… More ▸

  • 10 facts you may not have known about Michael Jackson, the Jews and Israel

    Three years ago today the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away.
    Jackson’s connection to the Jewish community and Israel was strong but also controversial at times. Here are some facts you may not have known about MJ, the Jews and Israel.
    1. Jackson was good friends with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    The outspoken New Jersey rabbi (and congressman wannabe) met Michael Jackson in 1999 with the help of Jackson’s friend, Israeli illusionist Uri Geller, and the two became buddies. Jackson even came over to Boteach’s house for Shabbat dinners. The rabbi has publicly stood by Jackson — defending him against allegations of  being a Nazi sympathizer or continuing to work with him on children’s issues despite the accusations of sex abuser. And then there was the post-death book of interviews.   More ▸