Mosque Arson Victims Have Low Hopes

The recent arson attack on a Palestinian mosque brought international attention, and solidarity from unusual quarters, to this quiet West Bank farming community. But now that rabbinic visitors have dried up, and Israeli politicians are done condemning the incident, villagers fear that the crime will go unsolved, much like the crimes they say preceded the December 11 attack.

Advocates for Elderly Succeed in Pushing for Nursing Home Insurance

Jewish advocates for the elderly breathed a sigh of relief as both the Senate and the House of Representatives included a provision for creating a voluntary long-term care health insurance program in their respective versions of health care reform legislation.

Kosher Isn’t Just for Real Animals Anymore

For dungeon masters who have conquered real-world kashrut “The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals: The Evil Monkey Dialogues,” coming in early 2010 from Tachyon Publications, explores the possibilities of koshering fictional and fantastical creatures. Examining animals from a variety of world mythologies, married co-authors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer consider the unnatural history and edible properties of 34 potentially edible beasts (from the Abumi-Guchi to the Ziz).

Rabbis Shape Up

Rabbis are not generally known for having buff physiques. They’re valued more for the strength of their sermons than for what they can bench-press at the gym. And judging by the way things look at many rabbi conventions, moral fitness often takes precedence over physical fitness.

Jewish Sitcom Searches for a Home

It’s Showtime — at least temporarily — for two fictional yentas from the Boston area. “Ronna & Beverly,” a comedy about a pair of self-proclaimed Jewish romance experts, will air on December 29 on the Showtime channel, in a broadcast that the characters’ creators hope may lead to a series elsewhere on TV.

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