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Customs Kippah

By Joel Chasnoff

June 3, 2009 | 2:09 pm

I flew to Toronto this morning for a stand-up gig. It’s my fourth trip to Canada in the last two years. On my three previous trips, I was stopped at Customs and forced to open my suitcase... read on

  • Stodgy Jews

    By Joel Chasnoff

    June 1, 2009 | 3:42 pm

    Last night, I did my stand-up comedy act at a fundraiser for a Jewish newspaper. The publisher, a Jewish grandma in her 60s named Esther, explained that if the newspaper didn’t raise fifty grand, they’d have to fold. She blamed their predicament on the economy, and also on... read on

  • “Waltz with Bashir” was robbed

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 30, 2009 | 4:07 am

      Those who felt that the Academy screwed up royally by passing up Israel’s “Waltz with Bashir” for the best foreign-language film Oscar, will find confirmation for their judgment in the review by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott of the Academy’s choice, Japan’s “Departures.”
     ... read on

  • Koretz claims win, but it ain’t over til it’s over

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 28, 2009 | 2:55 am

    Paul Koretz appears to have won the 5th district city council seat, but according to the county registrar, it’s not over til it’s over.
    On Tuesday evening, one week after the election, the registrar’s office announced that Koretz had more than doubled his lead over David... read on

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  • Elite IDF soldier returns money looted in Gaza war

    By JewishJournal.com

    May 26, 2009 | 4:30 pm

    From HAARETZ.com:

    An Israel Defense Forces soldier accused of looting a home in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli offensive earlier this year has returned the stolen money along with a letter of apology to the Palestinian owner.

    The Givati Brigade soldier confessed to stealing a credit card from the man’s home and withdrawing NIS 1,600 in cash from that account upon his return from Israel. A number of days later, the Palestinian lodged a complaint and the soldier was arrested. Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Amos Elon, Israeli Author, Dies at 84

    By JewishJournal.com

    May 26, 2009 | 12:58 pm

    From CNN.com:

    “Amos Elon, an Israeli essayist and author who examined his society’s flaws and myths, explored some of its greatest figures and became for many years its most renowned public intellectual, died Monday in Italy, where he had made his home since 2004. He was 84 [Note: Age corrected from NYTimes article].

    His wife, Beth, said the cause was leukemia.” Read the full story at CNN.com.

    Elon was also a correspondent on European and American affairs for Haaretz.  To read the story on Haaretz.com, click here.

  • NYC Sticker Shock

    By Joel Chasnoff

    May 22, 2009 | 11:04 am

    One of my favorite things about New York is that the traffic cops don’t just ticket you, they humiliate you.

    The point of this neon-yellow sticker, I suppose, is that pedestrians and fellow drivers will see it, read it, and subsequently hate me. What’s worse is that these stickers can’t be removed - last time I got one on my car, it came off only after a violent rainstorm.

  • CA Election Results Early Analysis

    May 20, 2009 | 3:34 pm

    More election coverage later in the day…

    For our pre-election analysis by Raphael Sonenshein, click here.


    LA City Attorney
    Jack Weiss - NO
    Carmen Trutanich - YES

    L.A. City Council District 5
    Paul Koretz - 50.5% - TOO CLOSE TO CALL
    David Vahedi -  49.5% - TOO CLOSE TO... read on

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