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The Man Booker Prize and Howard Jacobson, the British Philip Roth

Hats off to Howard Jacobson, often dubbed "the British Philip Roth," who was long-listed yesterday for the Man Booker Prize in Fiction.  While his book, "The Finkler Question," a comic novel about three single Jewish intellectuals, has not been released in the States yet, it's already made a big splash in the UK.  It's reception is worth noting too, in light of the recent uptick in concern over British anti-Semitism.

Beyond Chelsea And Marc

 Granted, the interfaith wedding on most people's minds these days is  Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's, scheduled for this Saturday evening.

Fishing Rod, Flashlight, Bug Spray, Abuse Prevention Guidelines

It's sad to have to watch your 10-year old kid squirm uncomfortably as you discuss with him what he should do if someone at sleepaway camp touches him "in a place ordinarily covered by a bathing suit." Or tell him that no one is allowed to tell him to keep a secret from his parents or the camp administration. But that's become a part of modern parents' pre-camp checklists, along with packing up necessities like flashlights and bug spray and tucking away some money for the canteen.

Mirror Mirror: When it Comes to Love, Do Looks Count?

I was playing the matchmaker, in an indirect sort of way.

That's why I brought a close friend along to dinner with a lovely couple I like so much I always want to give them a standing ovation.  I figured they might know a fabulous man for my fabulous friend.

The First Great 200K Route 17 Relay Race (for charity)

Steven Friedman tells us about a long-distance (125 mile, 200 kilometer) relay race on July 28, from Brooklyn to Loch Sheldrake, along Route 17 and its "Blue Highway" cousins.

A Third Lebanon War?

There has been a steady and disturbing barrage of reports lately prediciting another war, sooner rather than later, between Israel and Hezbollah, the militant Islamic group that controls most of southern Lebanon and is firmly entrenched in the Lebanese parliament.

Israel's Crazy "Rape By Deception" Case

 We are moving forward with Ellie’s Israel-themed birthday party, which is next weekend, something I blogged about when she first came up with the idea.

I’ve hired the amazing Dafna Israel-Kotok to teach the kids some Israeli songs and dances. And we’ll serve borekas, hummus, candy and other Israeli treats, procured from Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills, an area Ellie and I refer to as “the Israeli neighborhood.”

Unfortunate Dating Experience? Why Not Arrest Him!

Quick. When you hear the phrase "consensual sex," what comes to mind?

Rape? How about "Rape by deception."

Because that is what one unfortunate Arab man is convicted of for having had the misfortune of sleeping with the wrong Jewish woman. His crime? Pretending he was a Jew. His punishment? Two years of house arrest and a possible 18 months in jail.

Fastbook

Do you know what your friends who fasted on Tisha B'Av had to eat when it was over? Chances are, if you and they belong to Facebook, you do.

Jewish positions generally unchanged as CUFI, John Hagee begin Washington summit

Vacation plans mean I'm missing this year's Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington summit, which begins today. I'm sorry because CUFI puts on a pretty impressive show, and the Jewish community's ambivalence about the meaning of this and other “Christian Zionist” groups is endlessly interesting for journalists.

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