Mockery: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the Paris premier of ?Bruno? in character, and lederhosen.

‘Bruno’: An Equal-Opportunity Offender

In the department of “legal actions highly unlikely to succeed,” an ex-member of the Palestinian Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade is suing Sacha Baron Cohen and Universal Pictures in U.S. Federal Court for $110 million, alleging libel and slander. Playing the flamingly gay Austrian celebra-whore title character in this summer’s movie “Bruno,” Baron Cohen mocked Ayman Abu Aita and referred to him as Al-Aqsa’s leader. Somehow, we think that Abu Aita is unlikely to find an American jury that will think this has ruined his life, as he alleges.

Jewish Films Take On Sundance

The January 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the hypercompetitive showcase of indie cinema held annually in Utah, has announced a lineup that includes films inspired by Brooklyn Hasidism and the Holocaust.

Steven Spielberg

Spielberg’s Israeli Reality Show

What do you get when you combine the minds of “ER” creator Steven Spielberg and Phil Rosenthal, the executive producer of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” then throw in a dash of Israel? A new reality series that thrusts a group of American doctors into a bustling Israeli hospital.

Scholar: Yochanan Muffs inspired generations of students.

Yochanan Muffs, Scholar of Bible, Law and Languages, Is Dead

Yochanan Muffs, a scholar of Bible, law and Semitic languages whose books illuminated the legal and social meaning of emotions such as love and joy in the lives of Jews in antiquity, succumbed to Parkinson’s disease on December 6.

A Pioneer: Ian Chesir-Teran, above, is one of two gay rabbinical students at the Jewish Theological Seminary who are studying this year at the Machon Schechter seminary in Jerusalem.

Uncertain Territory: Conservative Judaism’s Pioneering Gay Rabbinical Students Tread Carefully In Israel

This month marks three years since the Conservative movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards opened the gates for gay rabbis. Six of the committee’s 25 members voted for the landmark responsum, or religious position paper, advocating the move—the minimum number required under the movement’s rules to allow individual Conservative institutions to adopt the gay ordination position as their own.