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LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND RABBINICAL: A song by popular Orthodox singer Shauly Grossman spoofing unnamed rabbis sparked a furor after it was put on YouTube with visuals of identifiable Hasidic leaders.

So You Wanna Be a Rock ’n’ Rebbe Star?

Shauly Grossman didn’t plan on being an Internet rock star.

What Sort of Man? Madoff on the Couch

In Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice,” Shylock, the usurious lender, attains the status of literature’s classic antisemitic stereotype, in part because of his relentless preying upon non-Jews.

PHILANTHROPY AND POLITICS: Philanthropy for Israel enabled J.Ezra Merkin (right) to rub shoulders with Israeli leaders Ariel Sharon (left) and Ehud Olmert.

Merkin Seen as Enabler for Madoff

J. Ezra Merkin, the scion of a prominent family known for its generous support of Modern Orthodoxy, has emerged as a key link between a constellation of Orthodox institutions and Bernard Madoff, the Jewish financier now under house arrest for masterminding an alleged $50 billion fraud.

POOLSIDE ANTICS: Ratings for the season finale of the controversial Hebrew-language version of ?Big Brother? broke records.

‘Big Brother’ Draws Ratings, Protesters

The Israeli version of “Big Brother,” a reality show alternately beloved and reviled by Hebrew speakers, wrapped up on December 16 in exactly the manner in which it was broadcast all season: as a ratings juggernaut.

Celebrity Dinnertime Chez Madoff

For Bernard Madoff, who federal prosecutors say ran a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, there’s little hope these days of getting out for a leisurely dinner at Daniel, at Davidburke & Donatella, or at any of the tony restaurants near his manse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.