Aly Raisman, the pride of Needham, Mass., isn’t the only Jewish winner at this week’s London Olympics.
This is also a golden time for Hava Nagila.
Raismam rode – actually jumped and tumbled – her way to a women’s team gold medal by performing her floor exercise routines in both the preliminaries and to the classical-to-the-point-of cliché Jewish melody, which is usually associated with weddings and other simchas.
Hava Nagila was probably never heard by so many people at one time.
He is, subject to the findings of a jury that he is guilty, or of a judge that he is certifiably insane, a mass murderer, a demented college dropout who walked into a movie theater near Denver recently, armed to the teeth and armor-protected all over his body, and opened fire, committing one of the greatest killing sprees in modern American history.
He is, by anyone’s estimation, a real creep, appearing in court for his first post-shooting appearance with a shock of carrot-red dyed hair and an attitude of profound, blank-stare indifference.
Binchy, an Irish novelist whose work focused on women's lives and friendships, died Monday at age 72. Her book, "A Circle of Friends," was made into a movie starring Minnie Driver and the ferociously talented Alan Cumming, now starring as ethically suspect Chicago lawyer Eli Gold on "The Good Wife."
While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted last week that another 1,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges had gone on line, the cyberwar attempt to scuttle Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb continues with a new computer worm causing havoc.
An Iranian nuclear scientist has reportedly sent e-mails complaining that computers at the Natanz and Fordo nuclear plants began playing the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full volume during the middle of the night.
In case you somehow haven't heard, Flatbush resident Ms. Meyer is running as the Republican candidate for the State Senate against incumbent Kevin Parker. She is young (22) and an Orthodox Jew, but that's not why she's made the national news.
I came across an upsetting story last week, the latest in a series of stories on an upsetting topic. Some respected community leaders were accused of molesting children. Their superiors failed to act on the accusations or go to the police. They feared the financial or public relations consequences. They did not limit the accused pedophile’s access to children. Trust us, the superiors cautioned.
I’ve read such stories far too often in recent years in connection with the Orthodox community, both the Modern Orthodox and so-called black hat sections.
Every now and then we hear stories about young people drinking at synagogue celebrations. Many synagogues now bar youngsters from drinking even wine – and with good cause. An 11-year-old boy was hospitalized recently in serious condition after drinking alcohol at his synagogue in Bnei Brak, according to The Times of Israel.