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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Ouch...do it again...

From Ynet News:
Apparently Israel's two exclusive exports, Bar Refaeli and Yonatan Cohen, combined beauty forces in a massive cosmetics campaign.

Supposedly these ads are all over Miami's airport. Now that's hot. If anyone can tell me what perfume they are trying to sell, please let me know.

Monday, May 29, 2006


Orthodox Dave takes one for the team...

Thanks Emeyesi!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Kashyyyk does sound like it could be Hebrew I guess

Friday, May 26, 2006

Pat Robertson Needs To Be Taken Off The Air...

...For serious...

Everyone's favorite televangelist tried to make a stereotype sound like a compliment on May 23rd. The 700 Club host said things like "Jews are extraordinarily good business people" and discussed how some might be shocked to find there is poverty in Israel, seeing how "Jews are thrifty." He said this to a Jewish guest who was there to discuss poverty in Israel (I'm guessing).

You can watch the clip here (Quicktime/Windows Media)

Before that he claimed that Islam was just Christian Heresy, because Muslims just "picked up snippets of the Gospels, snippets of the Ten Commandments" and the writings of Moses and Abraham.

Now...if I'm not mistaken...weren't Moses and Abraham Jews? I might be going out on a limb here...but couldn't you say that Christianity is really just a form of Jewish Heresy? Seeing how Christians picked up snippets of the Old Testament...well ok, maybe they picked up the ENTIRE Old Testament.

Originally seen over at Jewschool.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Elliot Yamin Finds "One Love" With Mary J. Blige

He may not have won American Idol, but gosh darnit, that boy can SING. Here is his performance of U2's well known song "One" from the finale with the R&B songstress.

Thanks to Crunk & Disorderly for the link.

Why Do I Feel Like I've Heard This Before?

Even though this was a Dutch kid who did it...we all know...those Germans do love their House music.

In Holland, a court sentenced a student to 40 hours of community service for making an anti-Jewish video. Called "Housevitz," the video compared the Polish Nazi death camp Auschwitz to "a dance party."

The clip, which was widely circulated on the Internet last year, purported to give details of a techno music festival called "Housewitz", a reference to techno "house" music. It used images of the Auschwitz death camp, turning the infamous slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Shall Set You Free) into "Tanzen Macht Frei" (Dance Shall Set You Free).

The clip announced the DJ’s Michel der Heidi and Adolf Von Bauren with Sieg Heil, and spoke about “seven million party people, set their body’s on fire”, and said the dresscode was “skinny Jew." It also included many horrific pictures of gas chambers, with statements such as “hot showers, free of charge” and “train stops at party ground”.

I did a little searching and found the flash animation clip here on a Neo-Nazi website. ( DO NOT CLICK IF YOU WILL BE OFFENDED BY ANTI-JEWISH/HOLOCAUST IMAGERY). It is kind of hard to stomach. There are pictures of dead concentration camp victims set to a techno beat. It's a little disturbing.

The date on the video clip is from 2005 and it was an ad for a fake dance party. Why it is only being reported about now is beyond me. I guess maybe the trail was going on? Who knows. All I know is that there are probably a lot of Jew-haters out there saying how once again Jews are controlling freedom of speech.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

When Jews Get Down...

...we get FUNKY!

This past Saturday, amid all the drunken high school reunion celebrations I begrudgingly participated in, I managed to hang out and see one of my favorite Hebrew brothers.

MC Y-Love, the first and foremost black Orthodox Aramaic speaking rapper, came and performed at Bourbon (what was formerly Blue Room) in Adams Morgan, Washington DC. He, along with both the awesome and sexy DJ Handler and Ori Kaplan of Balkan Beat Box, took part in "Rhythm En Route", the Washington Jewish Music Festival.

Now, these guys know how to pack a house. This was one of the few performances Y-Love has given in DC (even though he hails from our friendly neighbor Baltimore...he was even mentioned in the B'more Jewish Times). With all the excitement of the show, it was almost impossible to get into the door. People filed in and out fanning themselves from the sheer insanity of it all.

When I finally got in the door, I saw that the dance floor was CRAZY. I made my way over to the DJ booth where I spotted the Mr. Y-Love rocking out to DJ Handler's beats. After the standard hellos, we spent the rest of the evening people watching the tons of Tribe Members getting down to klezmer sounds over hip hop beats and rap lyrics spit over Middle Eastern melodies. We even took part in some traditional (or not so traditional) dancing by using a sweatshirt as a makeshift handkerchief (as is customary for Orthodox men and women who are not related to use when dancing with each other...or at least as they did in Fiddler On The Roof).

(One thing I would like to note: There were certain areas of the club that smelled like 40 years in the desert...come on people! It's 5766! Deoderant does exist!)

After leaving Bourbon, we walked around Adam's Morgan before leaving to hang out with Jewish punks from Baltimore. It was definitely one of the more memorable evenings...

At any rate, for those of you who have no heard his music, you should really check out Y-Love's MySpace (posted above). Also, check out his blog This Is Babylon.

For more info on Y-Love and DJ Handler go to their Modular Moods label. You can also catch them performing at Makor (92nd St. Y in NYC) this weekend.

(Photo Source: Baltimore Jewish Times)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Oh Esther...How You Disappoint...

(Photo Source: FourFour)

Madonna crucified herself at the kick off concert for her "Confessions" tour, her first world wide tour in about two years. As you can see, she donned a crown of thorns too.
Madonna launched her first world tour in two years on Sunday, delighting an enthusiastic Los Angeles crowd by hanging herself from a cross, insulting President George W. Bush, and dusting off some of the sexy moves that have sustained her career for more than 20 years

Oh but wait...it gets even better
The audience at the Los Angeles Forum included Madonna's Kabbalah guru Rabbi Yehuda Berg, socialite Nicole Richie, and gay icon Rosie O'Donnell, who upgraded herself to a premium seat on the floor and left her spouse alone in the stands.

Ok, so maybe it's just me, but for being such a wannabe Jew, Madonna is doing a pretty lousy job. Yes Jesus was a Jew. But hanging yourself from a cross isn't exactly very Jewish...especially with your "Rabbi" in the audience.

Madonna = Not Kosher

And you know what else is not kosher? The price of a Madonna t-shirt.

Her charging that much might actually be considered Jew-ey. At least the tax is included.

Saturday, May 20, 2006


Friday, May 19, 2006

"Zee Golem, eet LIVES!!!"

Israel, your redemption is at hand.

In Memorium: Stanley Kunitz

Back in 2000, I was fortunate enough to meet Poet Laureate of that year, Stanley Kunitz. He was reading from his latest collection of poems. Seeing him read his work, he reminded me of my father...a man who held everything in a quiet regard. His poetry was written in the same way.

Stanley Kunitz died in his sleep early Sunday morning. He was 100.

The son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. His father commited suicide in a public park a few weeks before he was born. His mother opened a dry goods store to support her family. Later, Kunitz went to Harvard where he graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1926. His Jewish background however prevented him from becoming an assitant in the English department.

During WWII, Kunitz served three years in the army, even though he was a conscientious objector. His experiences in war were fuel for his collection Passport To War which was published in 1944.

Over the years, Kunitz held teaching positions at Yale, Princeton, Rutgers, Bennington, the New School and of course Columbia, where he spent 22 years. He won several awards. His poetry was widely recognized in the United States as well as the rest of the world. It wasn't until his old age however that he really came into his prime:

Kunitz had just turned 95 when appointed poet laureate in 2000, capping a career that began 70 years earlier with the collection "Intellectual Things" and later included a Pulitzer, a National Medal of the Arts and at age 90 a National Book Award.

He served a single one-year term as U.S. poet laureate and was also the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the precursor to poet laureate, from 1974 to 1976.

One of his best poems was his poem "Touch Me" which he wrote for his third wife, Elise Asher, a painter after her death in 2004. It was one of the poems he read at the reading in 2000. I've copied it for you here:

Touch Me

Summer is late, my heart
Words plucked out of the air
some forty years ago
when I was wild with love
and torn almost in two
scatter like leaves this night
of whistling wind and rain.
It is my heart that's late,
it is my song that's flown
Outdoors all afternoon
under a gunmetal sky
staking my garden down
I kneeled to the crickets trilling
underfoot as if about
to burst from their crusty shells;
and like a child again
marveled to hear so clear
and brave a music pour
from such a small machine.
What makes the engine go?
Desire, desire, desire.
The longing for the dance
stirs in the buried life.
One season only,
and it's done.
So let the battered old willow
thrash against the windowpanes
and the house timbers creak.
Darling, do you remember
the man you married? Touch me,
remind me who I am.
Stanley Kunitz was one of America's greatese poets. His contribution to American literature is one that will not soon be forgotten. Stanley Kunitz will be greatly missed.

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Spotted at Jewlicious

Lazy Shabbos

All the parodies of "Lazy Sunday" have got to stop...

Well, This is a Little Awkward...

(Image Source)

So according to a Bishop in Jerusalem and recorded by The Church of England Newspaper, Jews are no longer the chosen people:

CHRISTIANS have replaced Jews in God’s economy of salvation, the Bishop in Jerusalem, the Rt Rev Riah Abu al-Assal has told Israel Radio. In a wide-ranging interview broadcast on April 23, Bishop Riah told Israel Radio’s Arutz 7 programme that Christians had stepped into the place of Jews as the “true Israel”. God’s gift of the Law to Moses at Sinai was “conditional” Bishop Riah explained to the nationwide audience. “It was not only given to the Jews. God does not favour one party against another,” he said, citing the Apostle Paul in support of his proposition that Christians “are the new Israel. We are the chosen people.”

Shut cho mouth and say it ain't so! First we lose the coveted spot on American Idol, now we're no longer the Chosen people? What's next? Losing the diamond trade? Oh, wait...

Proving Once Again...

...America will only let a Jew go so far...

Tears streamed from "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul's eyes when the result was announced. The audience stood and clapped, paying their respects.

In a close vote, Abdul's favorite finalist, Elliott Yamin — an "Idol" underdog and blue-eyed soul singer — was bounced off the Fox talent contest during Wednesday's elimination show.

The exit of the 27-year-old Richmond, Va., resident cleared the path for a final showdown between gray-haired Taylor Hicks and sultry Katharine McPhee. The winner will be crowned May 24.

During Wednesday's program, Yamin told host Ryan Seacrest he felt "truly blessed."


You know Paula was rooting for him so hard because their memebers of the same tribe. She wasn't even trying to hide her love for her people. You knew either Katherine McPhee or Taylor Hicks were going to win. They have apple pie written all over them.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Odd Musical Selections for a Concert...

On June 8th, everyone's favorite Orthodox reggae star, Matisyahu will be opening up for Sting at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Now, I know Sting is all into "World Music" and what not. But Matisyahu as his opener? I don't know. That just seems like a weird concert, to me at any rate. Thoughts anyone?

Oh and also slated to perform is Sting's son, Joe Sumner and his band Fiction Plane

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

So rapper Ice Cube is doing a free show tonight in Virginia Beach thanks to MySpace Secret Shows.

The funny thing is, if you look at the location above in the poster, that the venue is called The Jewish Mother

Maybe it's just me, but I find it HILARIOUS that Ice Cube is playing at The Jewish Mother.

Boychiks in DA CHOOD!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Rappers Being Provocative? Go On...

In Paris, there were signs posted around town that read one word: "Holocost." A mis-spelling of a terrible tragedy? Or the name of a African/Cambodian rap duo?

A French rap duo calling themselves “Holocost” caused a stir in Paris recently after they pasted promotional posters up around the city announcing the release of their new album. The black posters with the word “Holocost” printed in yellow and an image of an automatic weapon were seen throughout the French city and its suburbs.

The rap album, called “L’Argent de la Brinks,” was produced by the record label Ghetto Fabulous, which represents independent artists. The two artists behind Holocost are Shone, an immigrant to France from Burkina Faso, and KER, of Cambodian origin. Both the rappers are from Clichy/Montfermeil outside Paris, near the suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois where the race riots began last autumn.

On their website, the two explain why they chose the provocative name. “When we created ‘Holocost’…we wanted to find a name that makes you ask, why are they called that? There is a certain provocation, but it is to attract interest. ‘Holocost’ means to say the extermination of a race, agreed? We consider slavery as a manner of exterminating a race. We appropriated the term because we were also subjected to a holocaust, and there isn’t a separate expression for that.”

I have yet to hear their music (not that I would be able to understand it), but I was able to find the website mentioned in the article. Apparently the duo also go under a larger umbrella name of "The Ghetto Fabulous Gang." You can check out some of their songs at their website.

YouTube Special: Elliot Yamin

As El Keter already posted, Elliot Yamin is lookin' like a champ in American Idol. Here's a YouTube of him singing "I Don't Wanna Bore You"

Sunday, May 14, 2006

"Baruch'atah, I'm annoyed!"

The kids-show parody 'Wonder Showzen' is one of my favorite things, ever.

The "He-bro" animated short is just one of the many reasons why.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Yamin is the 'American Idol,' yamean?

Us Jews have accomplished a lot of things over the years but I can't say that one of those things is being idolized by mainstream America. That's about to change though, if California-born, Virgina-raised 'American Idol' contestant Efraym Elliott Yamin has anything to say about it. The 27-year-old former radio DJ and grocery bagger has defied all odds -- deafness, Type 1 diabetes, a humble educational background, and less-than-idol-like features -- by managing to stay in the competition all the way to the final 3.

He's been a favorite of mine ( along with fellow top 3 finalist Taylor Hicks ) since the early stages of the contest, but despite his vocal abilities I never expected him to make it this far. In a contest that has in some cases favored "pretty" faces over talent I just thought his appearance was a little too "real" and a might too "ethnic" to win over the fickle voters. I also didn't think America would stand for a person of such obviously Hebraic origin to get even remotely close to being their next idol. But while he may have had a couple of close calls, for the most part my fears have proven unfounded and his strong, soulful voice has won him acceptance, and could possibly win him the title of "American Idol."

The tide seemed to really begin turning in his favor a few weeks ago when he performed Donny Hathaway's "Song For You" and left 'Idol' judge Paula Abdul in tears. As if seeing a Jew make someone named Abdul ( she's actually Jewish... shhh ) cry and it not even have anything to do with Palestine wasn't surreal enough, notoriously snarky judge Simon Cowell declared that Yamin's performance was "superb" and said that in parts it was like a "vocal masterclass." I couldn't have agreed more myself but I was surprised and more than a little pleased to hear the judges throwing their support behind my Hebrew homeboy. Last week's show, which resulted in Yamin making the top 3, was something like "vocal masterclass 2.0" as he ripped through the little-known Elvis Presley tunes "If I Can Dream" and "Trouble." The former, an uplifting message song, again seemed to leave judge Abdul close to tears. While the latter, a bluesy declaration of bad-assed-ness, came off as a warning to the other competitors that he was "evil" and wasn't taking any shorts.

Ethnic herritage aside, at this point Yamin is the strongest vocalist and performer in the 'American Idol' competition, and I say this as a season-long fan of "the grey-haired man" ( a.k.a. Taylor Hicks ), but Elliot has just blown me away with a few of his recent performances. I look at it as a bonus that someone so unabashedly Jewish ( his father is an Israeli Jew of Iraqi herritage and his mother is an American Jew ) has the opportunity to be America's next "idol." Come Tuesday night I hope all my fellow Jews and Jewesses pick up the phone and cast their votes in favor of our Hebrew brother so that he can make it into the top 2, and hopefully be recognized as a real 'American Idol.'

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Going Out of Town

Hey y'all...I'm going out of town starting Wednesday. I'll be back on Monday. I may try to blog but no promises.

So the five to ten of you who read this...don't be too disappointed :)

In the meantime, go and check out some of the links posted in the links section. There's some good stuff out there.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

And Now For Something A Little Goyish...Popetown Update

MTV Germany has decided to ignore the Vatican's request to ban the cartoon series Popetown and has begun airing the show

The German division of youth television broadcaster MTV said on Tuesday it had decided to air the entire series of the cartoon "Popetown," which shows the pontiff as a pogo-stick-riding maniac.

Ignoring objections from Catholic bishops, the channel broadcast an initial episode last week and then sought the opinion of viewers and youth political groups on whether to show the remaining installments of the British-made series.

"Our decision is based in part on the reaction of the viewers who clearly voted in favor of its broadcast," an MTV statement quoted executive Elmar Giglinger as saying.

Yay. I don't know about anyone else, but I actually like the show. I know I'd watch it regularly.

Coming to an Ellis Island Near You: "Fresh Off Boat"

JDub Records proudly announced that the newest band to join their label is releasing their first JDub album.

Golem is releasing their latest album entitled Fresh Off Boat on August 8th. Featuring guest appearances by Mike Gordon and Lenny Kaye and produced by Emery Dobyns, the album looks really exciting.

For those of you who don't know about Golem, I posted an update on them back in March (scroll down for the post). They're more shtetl than your Grandmother and she'll probably love them for it.

Mark your calendar and go cope it when it comes out.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Book Review: Zipporah, Wife of Moses: A Novel

In the Bible, Zipporah, the wife of Moses, is barely mentioned. Her father Jethro and her Midian family is discussed a lot, but you can come across her name infrequently. In fact, in some of the few parts, she isn't even mentioned by name. She is referred to as "the Cushite," which has been interpreted as her being Ethiopian or her simply being foreign.

Now, Marek Halter has given her a voice in his novel Zipporah, Wife of Moses.

In the book, Zipporah is the adopted daughter of Jethro. While she is accepted in the Midian society, she still feels set apart because of the color of her skin. While out tending sheep with her sisters, she is attacked by three young men from an enemy village. She is saved though, by a mysterious stranger who identifies himself as "Moses." Thus begins the story of how Zipporah and Moses meet...most of which is definitely NOT mentioned in Biblical texts. Let's just say Moses and Zipporah did a lot of "knowing."

While the plotline pretty much follows the plotline of Moses, Halter shows the story entirely through Zipporah's eyes...even embellishing a little. He makes her the reason why Moses went back to Egypt to save his people. But more importantly, Halter emphasizes that even though Moses' love for Zipporah was colorblind, the rest of the world saw her as different, as an outsider. She inspired Moses to fight against Pharoah and for the Hebrew people, yet her words are ignored by Moses' followers and she is eventually banished physically and emotionally to her death.

Well, that's how the novel goes at any rate. Halter dedicates the book as a "humble tomb" to Zipporah's memory.

Zipporah, Wife of Moses is the second book in Halter's "Canaan Trilogy." The first book in the series is Sarah and the third book Lilah will be released on June 27th. The book itself is a quick but good read. It flows well and keeps the reader engaged, even if it isn't factual. (Though, isn't the Bible just a bunch of novels too?) So if you can forgive the author for stretching the story a bit, then I definitely recommend it as a good summer read.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Big Love, Jewish Style...

So, a lot of people know about the HBO show Big Love. You know...the one about the religious man with three wives.

But in Brighton, England, Phillip Sharp became a real life Big Love style celebrity. He claims to be a rabbi and he has seven "wives."

In a self-styled reincarnation of a biblical king, Philip Sharp lives in Brighton, on the southern coast of Britain, with his seven wives and five children. Though not legally married they live according to the belief they are bound in the eyes of God to “love and eternally serve him in every way”. In return, his job is to bring them close to God “in the covenant of the family”.

His wives ages range from 27 to 62 (one of the 62 year olds was still a virgin when she became Sharp's "wife"...um...ew) and only one of the seven was born Jewish. The rest converted. (Oh yeah, and the other 62 year old wife is the MOTHER of the 27 year old wife. Double EW)

Sharp claims that he received a vision from God, who told him that he was the reincarnation of a Biblical king. Because of his claims, his original 17 year marriage broke down and his wife tried to have him committed. The congregation he founded is called Shema Yisrael.

Needless to say, the British Jewish community does not recognize Sharp as one of their own. He is a Messianic Jew in his practice and his family is therefore not seen as Jewish.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Jewish Rappers Needing Extra Security? OY!

Israeli rapper Subliminal will be performing in London on May 21st with his group TACT Allstars.

Subliminal aka Kobi Shimoni, known for being Israel's leading Zionist rapper, is promoting his latest album Just When You Thought It Was Over, which features guest appearances by Wyclef Jean and Miri Ben Ari.

Promoters are worried about Plalestinian protestors. So they're keeping things really hush hush.

On a website promoting the concert, the promoters have not given out any details as to the location and will be directing fans to login to a secure website to get full details.

"For security reasons, this information is only available to ticket holders. The ticket contains all the information you need including a map and address of the venue. We will contact you with login information to view interactive maps and driving directions," the site says.

Not only are they making finding out the location a pain in the ass, but tickets are also RIDICULOUSLY priced: £35 (roughly $70) for standing seats and £70 (roughly $140) for the "VIP" balcony.

Security precautions or not, that's just silly. And does somebody know why in this picture, Subliminal is wearing a "Warn A Brotha" T-shirt?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"I Never Knew Catholicism Had Such a Rich Comedic Heritage"

So Benyamin over at Jewschool linked a brief article about a new TV show that was supposed to be shown on MTV Germany called Popetown. It is an animated series about (what else?) the Pope. And his personal assistant. Due to it's contraversial topic, MTV Germany has backed out from airing it. The show, originally created for the BBC in 2004, is under a lot of scrutiny by the Catholic Church. The whole series is apparently available on DVD.

Curious, I looked the show up on YouTube and of course, I found some episodes. So here is one episode divided into three parts. The Pope gets lost while playing Hide & Seek and his assistant, Nicholas has to get a lookalike replacement for Mass. The replacement is perfect...until he opens his mouth. (Note: Lots of Jewish Humor)

To be honest, I thought it was pretty hilarious.

Popetown Episode "The Double"

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Kabbalah Backwords is actually "HOLLA BACK"

Different Kitchen had a link to the Kabbalah Energy Drink website.

Kabbalah Energy Drink is a delicious citrus fusion which contains essential vitamins and amino acids that pick you up and keep you going. Kabbalah Energy Drink is a refreshing source of positive energy for your busy lifestyle...so whether you need to take your dog for a walk, study for finals, bar-hop with friends or just need a second wind at the office, reach for Kabbalah Energy Drink. Also available in a low-carb Sugar Free variety!

I'd heard about this drink a while back, but never really paid much attention to it. I mean, come on. Ashton Kutchner headed the campaign.

But looking at the cans and reading "all the wonderful things being said" about the drink, I kinda wonder how good it really is. For example...MSNBC said that "Kabbalah Energy Drink tastes better..." But the company cuts off what exactly they say it tastes better than. Other energy drinks? Water? Donkey Piss? Who knows.

The New York Magazine said "this is pop culture right now..." Looking at the product, that does not sound like a compliment. (Well at least not to me) If this is where pop culture is right now, than pop culture is going down hill, and pretty much everyone knows that. Including the people who run this campaign. Because this is probably a spin of bad press into good press.

And what is up with the "Jewish Script" letters here. Does the script make it more "authentic"? What does KSA mean? Is that their Kosher symbol? What the hell is going on?

I will agree that Kabbalah is a very fun word. It looks fun as well as sounds fun. But it's a very serious form of not only study, but beliefs as well. It was once practiced by only the holiest of Jewish men. (I don't know much about it, but that much I know...) The fact that there is an ENERGY DRINK that is being aligned with the actual practice of Kabbalah is kind of disgusting (and by actual practice, I'm not talking about that Hollywood crap). The so called "Source of Power" is nothing more than a load of biblical horse manure.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

J to the izzE...W to the izz... or Jay-Z's "Public Service Announcement"

Everyone's favorite rapper/new owner of Def Jam Records Jay-Z will be taking part of a campaign to stop anti-semitism, i.e. Jew hating

Grammy-award winning hip-hop star Jay-Z, considered one of the world's most important rappers, has decided to take part in the war on anti-Semitism. In the next few days he is expected to star in an TV commercial which will be broadcast on American television under the banner: "Anti-Semitism is not cool"...In the ad, rapper Jay-Z asks viewers not to join groups speaking against Jews because 'anti-Semitism is not cool."
And Russell Simmons is also going to be a part of this?

I think it's really great and all. I mean look at all the Jews both Russell and Jay know: Rick Rubin, Jacob the Jeweler, The Beastie Boys, Will Smith...oh no wait...he's not Jewish. He just crashes Bar Mitzvahs.

But still, couldn't they have come up with a better slogan than "Anti-Semitism is not cool"?

That's about as cool as your Great-Aunt Selma on the beach in Boca in a polka dot bikini.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Yet another reason not to go back to Switzerland...

Israeli director Amos Gitai had his laptop and a current script stolen from him in Switzerland.

Gitai's computer containing the screenplay ideas was in a bag that was stolen from his scriptwriter Marie-Jo Sanselme while she was waiting outside Geneva railway station Friday.

Local police said Sanselme tried to give chase, but the young thief escaped into a nearby neighbourhood.

Gitai has directed numerous films, including Kippur, Kedma, Promised Land and his latest, Free Zone which stars actresses Natalie Portman and Hanna Laszlo