Arts and Culture

Jay-Z defends lyric called anti-Semitic: ‘Context is everything’

(JTA) — Jay-Z defended his decision to include a lyric in a song on his latest album that has been called anti-Semitic, saying he exaggerated images of black people in the same song.

The rapper was discussing his song “The Story of O.J,” which appears on his “4:44” album, during...
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Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman’ tops ‘Spider-Man’ as biggest non-sequel superhero movie

(JTA) — “Wonder Woman,” starring the Israeli actress Gal Gadot, has become the biggest non-sequel superhero movie ever, beating out the 2002 version of “Spider-Man.”

The movie earned $404.1 million in the United States as of Monday, and has passed $800 worldwide, with the film set to open in Japan...
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Billy Joel wears yellow Star of David during concert encore

(JTA) — Billy Joel wore a yellow Star of David on his sports jacket during the encore of his monthly concert at Madison Square Garden.

Photos of the legendary singer wearing the star began appearing on Facebook shortly after his performance Monday night. At least one tweet bore the hashtag...
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Glen Campbell was a practicing Messianic Jew for over two decades

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Glen Campbell, the country music star who died at 81 on Tuesday from Alzheimer’s, grew up in rural Arkansas. The man who sang hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I Get To Phoenix” was raised a Baptist in a family of 12.

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Tchaikovsky’s Jewish problem

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – While researching his latest one-man show, “Our Great Tchaikovsky,” Hershey Felder — a playwright, actor and composer who has brought the loves, torments and soaring music of some of the world’s greatest composers to the stage — faced a moral question.

Does towering...
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‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works, Warner Bros. announces

(JTA) — Warner Bros. has officially announced that it will produce a sequel to its wildly successful “Wonder Woman” film.

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics announced the follow-up, called “Wonder Woman II,” at the Comic-Con in San Diego, California, according to reports. The movie reportedly will be set...
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Israeli student art project containing relics from Auschwitz will be exhibited

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The final project of an art student who said she used artifacts she removed from Auschwitz will go on display after she clarified that they came from outside the former Nazi camp.

Beit Berl College near Kfar Saba in central Israel announced late last week that the...
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Israeli wines produced in West Bank removed from Canadian stores

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has ordered stores in the province to remove Israeli wines manufactured at two wineries of the West Bank from their shelves as they are labeled “Product of Israel” and not marked as “Product of the West Bank.”

According to a letter obtained by B’nai Brith...
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ADL expresses ‘concerns’ about Jay-Z Jewish lyric

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern about a Jay-Z lyric that “Jewish people own all the property in America,” but emphasized that it did not believe that the rapper intended to promote anti-Semitism.

“The lyric does seem to play into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money,” said...
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Quentin Tarantino gets engaged to Israeli singer Daniela Pick

(JTA) — Quentin Tarantino has become engaged to an Israeli singer, Daniela Pick.

The famed director and the 33-year-old musician and model, the daughter of Israeli singer and songwriter Tzvika Pick, were engaged Friday night in Los Angeles, Ynet News reported.

“It’s true, we’re very happy and very excited,” Pick...
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