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Bob Dylan fan-site bans Israelis, Brad Pitt to shave beard and Jamie-Lynn Sigler's new man

-Unofficial Bob Dylan Web site decides to ban Israelis from logging on

-Soon, Brad Pitt will no longer resemble a Chabad rabbi -- as he plans for his monumental shave

Did The Love Boat Boycott Israel?

The e-mail from one of the many shul-related lists I subscribe to caught my attention with its subject line: "Princess Cruise Line Boycotting Israeli Port."

"Say it aint so," was my reaction. "The Love Boat? Really?"

I Know Why the Love Birds Sings

Every morning it's the same thing.

After the downing of a certain green swill because the woman in the health food store handed me a bottle with the words, "Sweetie, you need to moisturize from the inside out," Mister Trevor Dog and I head over to the park.

And by "hanging at the park," I mean I sit on a bench and read Haaretz in English while Mister Trevor sniffs around, communes with nature and does his thing.

But this is really a story about two ravens.

On Multicultural Day, What's A Nice Jewish-French Canadian-Irish Gal To Wear?

Friday was Multicultural Day, arguably the biggest annual event at my daughter Ellie’s school, and her first grade classroom became a swirl of saris, sombreros, tunics and caftans.

After the children performed African and European dances, and a Cuban song they’d learned, the kids who speak other languages at home demonstrated how to count to 10 in them: that included Spanish, of course, but also Russian, Nepali and about four different languages from the Indian subcontinent.

Coming soon: a new Iran day of reckoning for pro-Israel groups?

Could pro-Israel leaders here face a grim day of reckoning on the issue of Iran's nuclear program?

Last week the UN Security Council passed new sanctions demanded by the Obama administration, which won the support of China and Russia – the biggest obstacles to a new sanctions regime. Congress seems poised to pass tougher U.S. sanctions targeting companies, individuals and states that deal with Iran's nuclear sector, JTA reports.

Day of the Locust (in the wake of the flotilla)

Don't be fooled by the noise against Israel, the clacking of locusts in a darkening sky. Maybe Obama's buying into it, announcing a $400 million gift to the Palestinians, including the Gaza of Hamas, which is like a geek handing over his lunch money to the bully in the playground, and there are plenty of Jews who crumple whenever the sky blackens, but most Americans aren't buying it.

I'm not buying it, either.

A Black-Jewish Hip-Hop Star

Thanks to the Jewish Outreach Institute blog for tipping me off about a Heeb profile of Aubrey “Drake” Graham, an emerging hip-hop star who is black and Jewish.

I know as much about hip-hop (or for that matter, any music produced more recently than, say, 1990) as I do about sports, which is to say virtually nothing. Nonetheless, the 23-year-old former TV star (Canada’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation) sounds like an interesting personality, and his Jewish story is fascinating.

Defending Israel, but maybe not its policies

 In recent days I've read a few eloquent pleas for American Jews to stand up and support Israel in the face of worldwide condemnation; now, the writers argue, is not the time to quibble about policy.

Some of these are written by people I really respect – and I'd respectfully like to take issue with them.

Single Gal Sings the Wedding Blues

Because no one told me, I am telling you: If you are ever invited to an Israeli wedding, don't wear heels!

It's not like I'm a big high heel wearer. In fact, I don't even own that many pairs of shoes and the ones that I do own are all red. But since Israel is the land of casual-wear, when I dusted off some relatively spiffy threads for a work colleague's wedding, I noticed a pair of neglected heels in my closet and thought, Why not?

Abbas, And A Few Good Men

For public consumption, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in Washington this week,  had to share the world's indignation about Israel's naughty behavior on that ship in not letting a band of Turkish brigands throw its soldiers into the sea.

"Unlawful, unacceptable," is how he described the incident. "Our main demand is how to end the blockade on Gaza and I believe the entire world stands with us." Right.

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