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Sunday night's Asifa at Citi Field, Queens. Organizers attempted to keep that which is good about technology and throw away the rest.

Technology Can Save Lives, Even in Borough Park

29 Iyyar 5772 – May 21, 2012
The Asifa was a sober and responsible approach to a real problem, and I was impressed by the quickness with which the organizers responded to the potential pitfalls of being portrayed as Luddites, which does not befit a nation of scholars and questioners.
'If You Flatten a Globe, Israel Is at the Center'

Church Official: ‘If You Flatten a Globe, Israel Is at the Center’

26 Iyyar 5772 – May 18, 2012
Malcolm Hedding, an associate pastor of the World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was executive director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, which has a constituency of 14 million in 110 countries, according to Hedding. “Its main mission is to repair bridges opened up between Christians and Jews because of historical anti-Semitism.”
Little Barack Hussein Obama with his Kenyan Dad. Why did he have to lie?

The Nice Lady Who Destroyed Obama

Miriam Goderich – remember that name, it will go down in history as the woman who brought down a president. But poor Miriam never did anything bad, in fact, what she did happened decades ago and now it could topple President Barack Hussein Obama.
Rabbi Nachum Shifren, aka the Surfing Rabbi

Surfer Rabbi Running for Senate, Ruffling Muslim, Tea Party, Feathers

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 17, 2012
A rabbi running for the U.S. Senate told a cheering audience, “I am an Islamaphobe and everything we need to know about Islam, we learned on 9/11.”
Henry Kissinger in Jerusalem.

Kissinger Gets Felt Up by the TSA

24 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger., who's turning 89 this month (may we suggest holiday in Vietnam?), was spotted last Friday at LaGuardia airport in New York, getting routed to the pat-down line while going through security.
Surgery, Newark Beth Israel Hospital, early 20th century

My Son the Pioneer Jewish Doctor

While some religions place ultimate responsibility for healing in divine hands, “Jews don’t see a conflict between faith and medicine,” says Alan M. Kraut, a professor of history at American University who helped put together the exhibition “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter With Modern Medicine, 1860-1960,” on view at Yeshiva University Museum in Manhattan.
Y-Love & Diwon Live on tour in Manchester.

He’s Black, He’s Jewish, He’s Gay, Get Used to It, and It, and It

"Most people have probably never heard of Y-Love," writes Jerry Portwood in Out Magazine this week, explaining that "for a dedicated fan base, however, Y-Love, aka Yitz Jordan, is a popular Hassidic hip-hop artist who raps in a mix of English, Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and Latin. That’s right: Jordan is an African-American rapping Jew. And now he wants the world to know he’s gay."
Holocaust Days of Remembrance and Traditional Coconut Pyramids

Holocaust Days of Remembrance and Traditional Coconut Pyramids

10 Iyyar 5772 – May 1, 2012
Here's the text that accompanies this image on the Pentagon-run website DefenseImagery.mil: "During the Holocaust Days of Remembrance U.S. Air Force Capt. Jennifer McGee, with the 12th Contracting Squadron, helps Madison Angelito and Alex Barner make coconut pyramids, a traditional Jewish dessert, at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas." There are Days of Remembrance? More than one? Needs checking. Also: traditional Jewish coconut pyramids? Whose tradition? Help...
Dr. Hatem al-Haj says circumcision is "an honor" for women.

US Pediatric Doctor Favors Female Circumcision

8 Iyyar 5772 – April 30, 2012
Dr. Hatem al-Haj, PhD, MD, a senior committee member of the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), has recently published a 41-page Arabic-language paper titled "Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine," explaining why female circumcision is recommended and even "an honor" for women.
Bea Abrams Cohen believes in the power of mitzvahs.

Video: Bea Abrams Cohen – California’s Oldest Female Veteran

Bea Abrams Cohen, who turned 102 in February, believes in mitzvahs. "Pay back. It works," she told the LA Times. Bea enlisted during World War II and worked for more than seventy years supporting the U.S. military and charity organizations.
Before: The U.S. and Israel are eating from two sides of an apple that represents “the Arab states.”

Cartoon Rehab: It’s Miller Time, Sort Of

7 Iyyar 5772 – April 29, 2012
Today's cartoon is from Al-Watan (Qatar), from way back in May 13, 2003. The U.S. and Israel are shown eating from two sides of an apple that represents “the Arab states.” According to the middle-east-info.org, where we found it, this cartoon is noteworthy because it was published in Qatar, home to the Al Jazeera TV network. Qatar is considered by many in the U.S. State Department to be a U.S. ally and a relatively moderate state.
Before: A Jew devouring a Palestinian child, by Palestinian cartoonist Omaya Joha in the newspaper Al-Raya, Qatar.

Cartoon Rehab: Toon Gets Tattooed

5 Iyyar 5772 – April 27, 2012
This one took the Photoshop equivalent of plastic surgery. The depiction of both the vampire-like Jewish person and the dead child in his arms is so vile, I had to fix every little aspect of the image.

Cartoon Rehab: The Cleansing Power of Baseball

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 26, 2012
The trick with this nasty but very well drawn cartoon, in which the Jews are depicted as a creature reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver's Alien, speaking to a wise, old Muslim sage, was to remove both religious symbols. Once those were out of the way, it became a cute setup for some sort of vaudeville-style sketch ("Who's on first" comes to mind).

Cartoon Rehab: For Whom the iBell Tolls

2 Iyyar 5772 – April 24, 2012
This July 2, 2011 cartoon, by Ad-Dustur, was headlined: "Apple Bows to Israeli Pressure and Removes the Palestinian Intifada Website." The argument against Apple wasn't so outrageous, free speech and all, but the choice to go with a Jew (further identified by the star of David on the hat) was just unnecessarily nasty.

Cartoon Rehab: Fixing the Crucifix

This cartoon, by Syrian artist Tishrin, was published September 22, 2011, and, to be fair, as anti-Israeli cartoons go it is relatively tame. But I was delighted by the opportunity to turn Tishrin's clever (albeit kinda trite) use of the letter T as cross, into the letter T as clothesline.

Cartoon Rehab: Oh, Go Ahead, Surrender, You Know You Want To…

1 Iyyar 5772 – April 23, 2012
Welcome to the Jewish Press Online Cartoon Rehabilitation Project (JPOCRP), or, in short (suggested by our colleague Rafi Harkham) Cartoon Rehab. We found this cartoon on the ADL website. They say it was originally published in Oman, April 12, 2012, and the original text, written in blood, says: "We Will Never Surrender."
Drake's new clip is all about giving himself a better Bar Mitzvah.

Drake: ‘I’m a Proud Young Jewish Boy’ and I Want My Re-Bar Mitzvah

26 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
Drake says: "When I had a Bar Mitzvah back in the day, my mum really didn't have that much money. We kinda just did it in the basement of an Italian restaurant, which I guess is kinda like a faux pas. I told myself that if I ever got rich, I'd throw myself a re-Bar Mitzvah. That's the concept for the video."
BBB on a break.

Musical Putsch: Balkan Beat Box Gig in Munich on Holocaust Day

The Israeli band Balkan Beat Box will continue its successful world tour with a concert on Wednesday evening in Munich, Germany – striking a nerve for some in Israel because it is the start of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. All entertainment venues, from shows to restaurants, are shuttered in Israel on this day.
Jake Gyllenhaal

Did You Know ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Star Jake Gyllenhaal Was a Tzadik?

20 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
Jake Gyllenhall has reportedly been spotted topping up parking meters to stop the car owners getting a ticket. The 'Brokeback Mountain' star fed his spare change into the strangers' slots when an LA traffic warden was about to ticket them.

No More Hebrew Classes in North Texas University, Registrar Glitch Blamed

18 Nisan 5772 – April 10, 2012
For the past 10 years, UNT has been the only university in the North Texas area where students could study Hebrew outside of seminary. But, according to NTDaily.com, after many years of low enrollment, the program is being eliminated. Ruth Precker, the adjunct professor hired in 2002 to teach Hebrew, believes the program’s recent low enrollment is due to issues with the registrar – there was a glitch!

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