Purim has always been one of my favorite holidays. The story of Purim is one of the most inspiring stories of the Hebrew Bible, not to mention the most exciting, filled with happening parties and a beauty contest. But most importantly, Megillat Esther, which I have studied in depth...
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Here’s a list from Scandalist:
o Maggie Gyllenhaal
o Scarlett Johannson
o Kate Hudson
o Amanda Bynes
o Michelle Trachtenberg
o Natalie Portman
o Mila Kunis
o Sarah Silverman
o Winona Ryder
o Brooke Burke
o Selma Blair
o Emmanuelle Chriqui
Pretty good list, I think.
It’s just missing one name— JewishJournal.com contributor Orit Arfa.
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August 5, 2008 | 5:16 pm
So I was sitting in “holding” barely shaded by the hot sun in Long Beach where they were filming the TV show Dexter. I had woken up at 5 a.m. again, very tired, when some guy asks the AD (assistant director), “what’s the secret to getting SAG vouchers?” He’s been working...
July 11, 2008 | 4:27 am
I managed to crash (with advance approval) an exclusive event for Birthright Israel alumni at a sushi restaurant in Westwood this week. For Jews who live on another planet, Birthright Israel is program that gives Jews ages 18-26 a free educational trip to Israel. It’s not my fault I...
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My initiation into Hollywood has begun—in downtown LA where I booked my first acting gig as an “extra” for a Fox TV pilot.
It was a 12-hour shoot, consisting mostly of walking up and down an office set looking busy.
I met a nice man named Kurt (aka EZ), an aspiring filmmaker, who I was privileged to commission as my personal cinematographer for the day.
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June 12, 2008 | 2:32 pmBirthright Israel
Your idea of creating multiple levels of free services and programs for various Jewish groups is brilliant ("Free at Last," June 6). In retrospect, and l'havdil, we should take a lesson from Hamas and Hezbollah. What gives these organizations their popular support...
June 5, 2008 | 2:29 pmOne of the first things I did when I arrived in my hometown of Los Angeles for the summer was to rush with my friend Lori to see "Sex and the City" on opening night.
We weren't the only ones.
The movie was sold out all over Los Angeles, but as committed fans, we made the trek to...
May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pmI don't think I've enjoyed enough successful relationships to justify my doling out advice to men about how to sweep a woman off her lonely sofa and into a date with him.
But maybe that's because I haven't enjoyed enough successful dates. Dating is not only an art, but a skill, and...
May 29, 2008 | 2:13 pmThe Great Shave
Loved your video on getting a haircut and shave on Lag b'Omer. I think it's great that you raise awareness about our customs and traditions.
I think you made one faux pas, however. Religious Jews don't allow a razor to come in contact with their face when shaving,...
May 11, 2008 | 6:28 pm
This video follows Orit’s participation in the “Prettiest of Women” beauty pageant held on Valentine’s Day (February, 14, 2008) at the Israel Mall, Talpiot in Jerusalem. There were 13 contestants total. Click to see which award Orit took home…(Note: Not all contestants appear.)
May 11, 2008 | 6:18 pm
Inspired by Chris Crocker’s infamous and passionate YouTube appeal for people to leave Britney alone in the wake of her failed performance at the MTV 2007 Music Video Awards, Orit from Israel has created a passionate appeal to the world community to LEAVE ISRAEL ALONE!
[WARNING STRONG LANGUAGE!]
This is directed to anyone who dares bash Israel and demand she make concessions.
April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pmStudents at the Hand in Hand Max Rayne Bilingual School in Jerusalem didn't know they were meeting a celebrity. They weren't born when the films "Officer and a Gentleman" and "Terms of Endearment" garnered Debra Winger her Oscar nominations.
But Winger's tour last month to the Hand...
February 21, 2008 | 2:14 pm
I became a member of the Israeli paparazzi for a night.
I didn’t mean to, but I was at the Ben Gurion airport, waiting for my mother to be dropped off by relatives in Tel Aviv, so that I could see her off back to LA. I was getting over a cold, and right before I left my apartment...
February 19, 2008 | 10:03 am
This video follows Orit in Israel’s participation in the “Prettiest of Women” beauty pageant held on Valentine’s Day at the Israel Mall, Talpiot, in Jerusalem.
There were 13 contestants total. Click to see how it all turned out . . .
February 8, 2008 | 10:33 am
At the risk of losing some loyal fans and readers who have considered me their dear defender of the Jewish state, I’m coming out of the closet as a detractor of its current incarnation. No longer will I silently obey the exhortations of the Jewish community that I support the Zionist...
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Some people ask me how I can possibly compare Britney to Israel, as I did in my parody of Chris Crocker’s famous Leave Britney Alone YouTube plea. Britney and Israel have a lot more in common than you think.
Britney grew-up Kentwood, Louisiana with an inborn ambition...