Saturday Night Live

Drake's SNL Bar Mitzvah Flashback

We knew Canada-born rap star Drake was Jewish, but he went full-blown MOT during his turn as host of Saturday Night Live this weekend, offering a comic look at how his African American and Jewish relatives came together to celebrate his bar mitzvah. 

Please see our Culture View blog post about Drake's earlier "HYFR" bar mitzvah-themed video.

The Lesson NOT To Learn From Newtown

12/20/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Of the many critical insights I gained by studying the writings of the late theologian and philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel, one that had a particularly profound impact on me related to the challenge of talking about God. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

You're No One Till Somebody Tweets You: Happening Hashtags

On the day last month that Apple released its newest iPhone, tweets using the hashtag #iPhone5 – the device people were expecting rather than the 4S – were coming so fast and furious that you could barely read one tweet before it was pushed down the Twitter or TweetDeck screen by the next entries.

When Gilad Shalit, a short while later, was released from Hamas captivity, there was also a steady stream of tweets, though far fewer per hour. There's no question that this simple form of communication has become a way to see what's hot and what's not.

Ben Stiller's Bona Fides

I’ve been corrected by fellow blogger, Rabbi Jason Miller.

Turns out Ben Stiller was falsely playing the patrilineal card on “Saturday Night Live”: according to Wikipedia at least (sorry, I don’t have any connections with the Stiller family, so I can’t confirm at this moment) his mother, Anne Meara, converted to Judaism before he was born.

Ben Stiller And The Patrilineal's Lament

Has anyone ever articulated the dilemma of life as a patrilineal (Jewish dad, gentile mom) Jew as succinctly as Ben Stiller on this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live”?

“My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Irish-Catholic, which means according to the Torah I’m not actually Jewish, but according to all mirrors I am,” he said during his opening monologue as the show’s guest host.

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