Wouldn't you know it: Deep Throat turns out to be a Jewish story. It so happens that Richard Nixon was so paranoid about a Jewish conspiracy out to get him that it even carried over to his search for Deep Throat.
Hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons, who has admitted hyping the worth of the clothing line he founded to inflate its market value, is claiming now that ADL National Director Abraham Foxman "single-handedly caused millions of persons to flock to see the 'Passion of Christ.'" His assertion came in a letter to Foxman in which he blasted the Jewish leader for being "misguided, arrogant and very disrespectful of African Americans" for his call to black leaders to disassociate themselves from the Minister Louis Farrakhan and his Millions More March on Oct. 15.
A Conservative rabbi, a homosexual and an Israeli Arab were appointed to the Jerusalem City Council last week, but they cannot take office until Israel's fervently Orthodox interior minister approves. As of midweek, Eliyahu Yishai still had not acted.
"I've been told by my colleagues that there is a good chance we will have to go to court," said David Lazar, the Conservative rabbi.
Hungarian authorities ousted a police official this week for issuing a permit allowing an anti-Semitic protest by more than 100 skinheads in a downtown Budapest square that prevented members of Chabad from lighting a Chanukah menorah there, according to the World Jewish Congress.
There was no physical altercation but the skinheads blocked the square. Only after the skinheads left an hour later did the lighting take place on the sixth night of Chanukah.
Poland has introduced legislation that would cut compensation to former Jewish property owners and heirs whose homes and businesses were seized by the Nazis. The legislation would cover fewer claims than previous versions of similar bills and would also pay only 8 to 10 percent of the property's value. The Polish government had previously agreed to discuss such legislation with Jewish leaders before submitting it to parliament for approval.
The embattled giant kosher meatpacker Agriprocessors was on the verge of hiring a new CEO this week, one week after its owners and managers were charged by the state with violating child labor laws.
And there were new indications this week that Empire Kosher Poultry, the world’s largest kosher chicken producer, was poised to take on Agriprocessors in the kosher beef business. Empire has been working with the Baltimore-based Star-K, a kosher certifying group, to examine the possibility of opening a meatpacking operation in Wichita, Kan.
In an unprecedented emergency appeal, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is calling upon its congregants to donate money to help the 8,700 Ethiopians of Jewish descent, or Falash Mura, who are going hungry there now that all food programs have ended.
Close calls are becoming a staple of solidarity missions to the south of Israel (witness Mayor Michael Bloomberg ducking into a bomb shelter on a recent trip to Sderot just before a Hamas-launched rocket hit nearby).
But a delegation of Jewish federation leaders visiting the south this week got a more complete, and poignant, taste of what life is like for Israelis living in the shadow of the Gaza border.