Rick Harrison


Study Finds Nationwide Increase in Antisemitic Incidents

By Rick Harrison

A wave of antisemitic incidents is raising alarm in the country’s second- and third-largest Jewish communities.Several synagogues in Los Angeles have received almost identical hate mail in recent weeks that has arrived in large manila envelopes addressed to “Jew child molesters” and “Jew murderers.” Hate-filled handwritten messagesRead More


Where the Torah Meets the Torus

By Rick Harrison

While watching a science fiction program alone in his Newton, Mass., apartment in 1968, Stan Tenen saw a strange code flash across the screen, prompting him to consult the opening passage of Genesis — in the original Hebrew. “This was a strange urge,” he admits in one of his instructional videos, “because I didn’t know Hebrew.”Read More


These Kids Can Jump: Boychik Team Wins Illinois Title

By Rick Harrison

The hardiest stereotype in basketball is that “white men can’t jump.”If this view needed disproving, a boy’s high school team with an all-Jewish starting five has won the Class AA Illinois state title. The victory, several observers said, hearkens back to a pre-World War II era, when Jewish players dominated the game at allRead More


Keeping Songs Alive — With Karaoke

By Rick Harrison

Mention karaoke, and most people think about tacky bars where alcohol-impaired customers mumble forgettable renditions of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” or maybe something more contemporary from the songbook of Britney Spears. But a father and son in California are following the bouncing ball online with a more soberRead More


Ali G’s Jokes Aside, Report Lauds Kazakhstan

By Rick Harrison

When Jewish organizations lobbied for a law requiring the U.S. Department of State to issue an annual report on antisemitism around the globe, they probably weren’t looking to do a favor for Kazakhstan.The Central Asian country is a frequent target of “Da Ali G Show,” the HBO program in which British Jewish comedian Sacha Baron CohenRead More






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