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Is Israel's National Anthem, 'Hatikva,' Racist? A New Debate Gains Steam

Jews have a long history revising liturgy they find offensive.  The Reform movement has often led that charge, doing away with, for the most part, patrilineal prayers they think should be gender-neutral, and thus more inclusive.

My Daughter's Bat Mitzvah: The Four-Year Plan

My oldest daughter is not yet 9, and her bat mitzvah has already become a topic of discussion in our house.

Don’t get the wrong idea: I’m not one of those super-organized-plan-everything-in-advance-type people, and I’m certainly not that kind of mom (which you would know if you saw the backlog of forms and permission slips piling up on my desk.)

But my niece’s bat mitzvah is coming up next month, and her older sister’s bat mitzvah, two years ago, is still fresh in our memories.

Sendak's Legacy: Love and Art

Maurice Sendak was justly celebrated this week, as the many people who cherished his books poured out their appreciation and grief.

Maurice Sendak

"Girls" Creator Has Jewish-Camp Envy

Apparently Lena Dunham, as a teen, had to find neurotic summer activities other than well-planned kitchen raids at Camp Ramah.

At the risk of making too much of a brief reference on the HBO comedy "Girls," we report this tidbit about how the popular Conservative movement-run camp was written into the plot of this week's episode. It wasn't auto-biographical, though Dunham, creator, producer and star of the show, seems to wish otherwise.

Lena Dunham

For The Munich 11, A Snub Of Olympic Proportions

The upcoming Summer Olympics in London – officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad – will last approximately 25,000 minutes. Apparently the organizers can’t spare one to remember 11 Israelis who were murdered at the Summer Games 40 years ago.

That’s what a group of activists, headed by the CEO of the Jewish Community Center in Rockland County, are hearing from International Olympic Committee.

News Items You May Have Missed

You may have heard that a veteran teacher in Beaufort County, S.C., grabbed a 12-year-old student by his collar while he was sharpening his pencil late last month, told him, “You’re coming with me, Jew,” dragged him 10 to 12 feet and shoved him under a desk.

“This is what the Nazis did to the Jews. Burn, Jew,” she is reported to have fumed.

On Maurcie Sendak, Adam Yauch, and the Death of Jewish Brooklyn Bohemia

If the death this weekend of Adam Yauch, 47—the Beastie Boys founder, nicknamed MCA—was not enough, today came another blow: the death of Maurice Sendak, at 83.  Both were Jewish artists, pioneers in their respective genres, and both were Brooklyn-born.  That they were born some 35 years apart, and came from worlds quite diff

Why French Jews Favored Sarkozy

 

Francoise Hollande, who was elected president of France yesterday, has been saying all the right things about issues of concern to Jews. He is against anti-Semitism, opposes boycotts of Israel, and talks tough on preventing Iran from building a nuclear bomb. He has never been to Israel, but says he hopes to visit soon.

From Rising Jewish Ed Star To Kiddie Porn Perp

How do you tell your kid his or her teacher has been busted for possessing child porn?

That’s the unpleasant task parents, teachers and administrators at Yeshivat Noam, a Modern Orthodox day school in Paramus, N.J., have had to take on this week.

“Avengers” Stays True To Anti-Totalitarian Theme Of Comics' Origins

Books have been written about the role of many immigrant-offspring Jews in creating the comic book universe and such colorful, tights-clad denizens as Superman, Spiderman and Captain America. So there’s no point in predictable shepping nachas about how The Tribe has helped capture the imagination of three generations with inspiring tales of preserving truth, justice and the American Way.

Marvel's latest blockbuster, "The Avengers," pits a group of heroes against a would-be dictator from another world.
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