Arts and Culture

Al Franken learned about justice from his childhood rabbi

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — In February 2015, Sen. Jim Inhofe carried a snowball on to the floor of the Senate to prove global warming did not exist.

Everyone knows “it is very, very cold outside,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “Unseasonable.”

That, said Al Franken, gave him an idea.

“I...
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Paul Shaffer’s post-Letterman act: Touring with ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Band’

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Paul Shaffer, sporting a gray T-shirt and a one- or two-day-old beard, is sitting in the living room of his spacious Manhattan apartment near Lincoln Center. The walls are crammed with music memorabilia, including a signed Curtis Mayfield single and a plaque presented by...
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‘Wonder Woman,’ big-name concerts upstage cultural boycott of Israel

By ADAM ABRAMS

(JNS.org) — As Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” film heads toward $400 million in earnings after debuting in early June, and numerous big-name musical acts line up to perform in Israel this summer, the influence of the BDS movement’s cultural boycott of the Jewish state appears...
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Wonder Woman ban spreads across Arab world

(TPS) — “Wonder Woman” may be a hit at the box office, grossing $228 million worldwide in its first weekend, but the movie has hit the rocks in much of the Arab world because of its Israeli star, Gal Gadot.

After being banned in Lebanon, “Wonder Woman” is now facing...
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How to Make Labne Ice Cream

By SHANNON SARNA

(The Nosher via JTA) — Labne lovers rejoice — you can now enjoy you favorite yogurt dip as a dessert. If you love tangy, tart frozen yogurt, you are going to love this easy frozen dessert topped with tahini, silan (date honey), regular honey and/or crumbled halvah.

This...
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Lebanon calls for ban of ‘Wonder Woman’ film because lead actress Gal Gadot is Israeli

JTA) — Lebanon’s Economy Ministry has filed a request to ban the upcoming film “Wonder Woman” because its star, Gal Gadot, is an actress and model from Israel.

A Lebanese security official told CBS News on Tuesday that the required committee of six Lebanese ministries has yet to take up...
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Filmmakers pull out of Tel Aviv LGBT film festival citing Israel boycott

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several filmmakers scheduled to participate in the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival have pulled out, citing pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

The festival is scheduled to open Thursday and run through June 10.

Among those who have pulled out in support...
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Drake breaks record with 13 honors at Billboard Music Awards

(JTA) — Drake continued his record-breaking ways, taking home 13 honors at the Billboard Music Awards, including as top artist.

The Jewish rapper also won as top male artist, top Billboard 200 artist and top rap artist on Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the way to...
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Review: ‘Lashon Hakodesh History, Holiness & Hebrew’

By ALEXA DAYAN

“Lashon HaKodesh History, Holiness, and Hebrew” examines the Hebrew language as well as its history to bring forth a greater understanding and appreciation of the language. From a historical perspective, this book examines what languages were spoken during different time periods in the Bible and how the...
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Brian Horowitz has new Russian book released

Tulane University’s Jewish Studies Department Sizeler Family chair Brian Horowitz has a new academic book featuring 12 different essays about the Jewish community connection to Russia. Horowitz, who was the first chair of the academic department that began first as a Jewish studies program, will step down as department chair...
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