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Friday Follies: Gladiator Says Bris Is Barbaric; Spock's Peace Plan

Another famous person is sending out controversial, male-genital-related tweets. Oscar winning actor Russel Crowe, in response to a fan's question, denounced circumcision as "barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature?" Leaving aside that millions of people circumcise their sons for health rather than religious reasons, Crowe added: "Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin?"

Taking A Stand Against Smoking

After my post last week on smoking and halacha, I found this column for Ami Magazine by Rabbi Avi Shafran of Agudath Israel of America very compelling and wanted to share it with you. It does contradict the idea somewhat that organized Orthodox Jewry looks the other way at smoking.

The Israel Parade For Couch Potatoes

I'm writing this post while watching the Celebrate Israel Parade, something that is easily possible to do from Fifth Avenue in the age of BlackBerrys and iPads, but much easier while at home seeing it on TV.

Hey, someone had to cover the inaugural broadcast from the viewer's perspective. Not pro-Israel enough? I'm also eating a felafel.

Despite the attempt by some friends to make me feel guilty about staying home (for a variety of reasons), I'm falling back on my two teenagers representing the family in the march. 

Friday Follies: Weiner's World, Palin's Jewish Bling

I miss Charlie Sheen.

It wasn't so long ago that  we were treated to daily doses of a self-destructing sitcom star who claims to be Jewish. Now it's a self-destructing political star that people claim isn't Jewish.  If Charlie Sheen had tweeted lewd pictures of himself to a young fan, even while he was married, it would be an item between the sports and weather on a slow news day.

UPDATE: Why Are Rabbis Less Strict On Smoking Than Mike Bloomberg?

5/31- This JTA item caught my eye given the heavy response to my blog post on smoking:

Israeli men and women better think twice before they light up -- the government has established a separate Health Ministry unit devoted to combating the dangers of smoking.

The End Of The World As We Know It?

It's a good thing the world didn't end on Saturday, since I was holding out hope for good weather on Sunday and, for the first time in months I don't have any plans.

On the bright side, I wouldn't have to hear Donald Trump massage his ego on TV anymore or hear about what Dominique Strauss-Kahn had for breakfast, as Channel 4 actually reported last Friday. 

Dear Lars Von Trier

 Dear Mr. Von Trier;

Despite your three decades of making films, I have to confess that I never heard of you before this week and have never seen any of your work, which includes "The Orchid Gardener, "Dancer In The Dark" and the upcoming "Melancholia."

It also includes "The Idiots."

Are Guns The Answer?

It's been a long time since the phrase "every Jew a .22" resonated at JDL protests. But as it becomes apparent that people around the world, and in New York in particular, seem to be increasingly targeting Jews with a frightening fervor, as evidenced by the arrests this week of two alleged homegrown "lone wolf" terrorists, it's likely that at least in some quarters more Jews will argue for taking up arms.

Gibson's Golem, Hiding Hillary

I know Mel Gibson has become easy blog fodder, here and elsewhere, but I can’t help but make one observation since the vast majority of Jews I know seem unwilling to accept his apology for his anti-Semitic tirade of 2006 and his portryal of Jews in “Passion of the Christ.” Since he hasn’t worked much lately, there was a lot riding on his latest film with Jodie Foster, “The Beaver,” a depressing

Kaddish For Dummies

One thing that takes some of the sting out of saying the Mourner’s Kaddish is the brotherhood you encounter at shul. No matter where I daven, people can always sense I’m a rookie, even though -- if I may say so myself -- I read aloud rather quickly and my pronunciation is fairly decent.

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