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Gone — And Forgotten

The producers of “The Price Is Right,” the longest-running game show in US TV history and one of the longest-running shows of any type, sponsored a 40th anniversary program last week.

Conspicuous by his absence was Bob Barker, the show’s host for its first 35 years, a multiple Emmy winner and arguably one of the most recognizable faces on TV.

Bob Barker

Israelis' Golden Moments

A few weeks after Israel’s Olympic athletes returned empty-handed from London, where they did not win a single medal at the Summer Games, some Israeli representatives are making it to the podium in the same competitive arenas. This time, in the Paralympics.

The Israeli Paralympic Team, 2012.

Holy Toledo

Elie Wiesel frequently states that “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.”
By that measure, William Toledo is a lover of humanity.

The State of The Jewish State: A Mixed Report

 

Is Israel a “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6) or a “state just like any other” (David Ben-Gurion)?

According to the current issue of The Jerusalem Report, the biweekly newsmagazine published by the Jerusalem Post, it’s both of the above.

Cases Of Mistaken Religious Identity

 

Wade Page, the White supremacist who stands accused of killing six people in a shooting rampage two weeks ago at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and apparently did his murderous deeds at a Sikh religious institution because of a common error.

Cases Of Mistaken Religious Identity

 

Wade Page, the White supremacist who stands accused of killing six people in a shooting rampage two weeks ago at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and apparently did his murderous deeds at a Sikh religious institution because of a common error.

He thought the Sikhs were Muslims.

Sikh men and many devout Muslim men sport beards and head coverings – turbans in the case of Sikhs; various items, including knitted white skullcaps, in the case of Muslims.

The Olympics' Moving Performances

Gabby Douglas probably never studied page 16, side b, of the Babylonian Talmud’s tractate Rosh Hashanah.

But she embodies one of its precepts.

Douglas, of course, is the star of the “Fab Five” U.S. women’s gymnastics team that won a gold medal last week at the Summer Olympics in London; she also captured the individual all-around title.

Golden Time For Hava Nagila

Aly Raisman, the pride of Needham, Mass., isn’t the only Jewish winner at this week’s London Olympics.

This is also a golden time for Hava Nagila.

Raismam rode – actually jumped and tumbled – her way to a women’s team gold medal by performing her floor exercise routines in both the preliminaries and to the classical-to-the-point-of cliché Jewish melody, which is usually associated with weddings and other simchas.

Hava Nagila was probably never heard by so many people at one time.

Sheet music for Hava Nagila.

Sympathy For The Devil: Killers and the Women Who Love Them

 

He is, subject to the findings of a jury that he is guilty, or of a judge that he is certifiably insane, a mass murderer, a demented college dropout who walked into a movie theater near Denver recently, armed to the teeth and armor-protected all over his body, and opened fire, committing one of the greatest killing sprees in modern American history.

He is, by anyone’s estimation, a real creep, appearing in court for his first post-shooting appearance with a shock of carrot-red dyed hair and an attitude of profound, blank-stare indifference.

An Opera Singer’s Final Scene

 

Some cross words were exchanged at a prominent cultural festival in Germany last week.

Not angry words – words about a politically symbolic cross, the swastika.

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