Aly Raisman’s Rising Star
Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman, 18, from the Boston area helped the American team to their first women’s gold since the “Magnificent 7” at the Atlanta 1996 games. Raisman is particularly popular in the Jewish community for performing her floor routine to “Hava Nagila.” Despite finishing fourth in the Women’s All-Around Final, she is expected to be back on the podium at least one more time in these games; she still has the beam and floor finals to go. Boisterously cheering her on are parents Rick and Lynn, whose hilarious video — removed from YouTube by the IOC on copyright grounds — became an Internet sensation for their reaction to her qualifying routine, which included endless uses of “Come on!” and “Stick it!”
Michael Moynihan sets Dylan record straight
Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, resigned hours after the Jewish website Tablet Magazine published an article revealing that he had fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in his recent book, “Imagine.” The neuroscience and psychology writer’s undoing began three weeks ago when Michael Moynihan, contributing editor for Reason magazine and author of the Tablet article, first pressed Lehrer about quotes attributed to Dylan. Lehrer claimed that he’d pulled the quotes from material furnished by Dylan’s manager. Moynihan, a self-professed “Dylan nerd” started sleuthing. “This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic,” Lehrer eventually admitted on Monday. Six weeks ago, Lehrer was accused of “self-plagiarism” for recycling an article written for the Wall Street Journal in his inaugural blog post for The New Yorker. Whether Moynihan was driven by a love of Dylan or pursuit of truth, Lehrer has gone from Malcolm Gladwell protege to the Milli Vanilli of prose.
Jonah Kohn goes Teen Einstein on Google
Fourteen-year old Jonah Kohn sure is a smart kid. The San Diego Jewish Academy eighth-grader won a $25,000 science prize at the second annual Google Science Fair competition. In his video, he explains that when he was in class playing guitar, it was too loud to hear. He then realized that by putting his teeth on the guitar, he could hear the vibrations. This led to his award-winning science project that enhances music for people with hearing loss.
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