Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Do you have that special card for your sweetheart? If you’ve waited too long all the good cards are sold out at the drug store and your only options have cartoon bears holding a heart on the cover. What to do? What to do?
Have no fear, the Forward is here. We came up with a few options that might melt your bashert’s heart featuring today’s most iconic Jewish stars.
Print them out, cut out the card and give it to your Chosen loved one.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Maybe you’d like to spend the day pampering yourself? We got that card too.
Who better to rule on a case called Kimble vs. Marvel Entertainment than a die-hard Marvel fan?
Enter Elena Kagan, Supreme Court Justice by day, friendly neighborhood Spider-man defender by night.
The case involved an inventor, Stephen Kimble, inventor of a Spider-Man web-shooting toy (licensed to Marvel) who claimed that a 51-year-old legal precedent was preventing him from earning royalties. SCOTUS granted Marvel the win by upholding the precedent 6-3.
This would usually be the stuff boredom comas are made of. But Justice Kagan — whose favorite movie is apparently “The Avengers” (she’s also a big fan of froyo) — livened things up by putting her Marvel knowledge to good use in the form of legal Spiderman jokes.
“The parties set no end date for royalties, apparently contemplating that they would continue for as long as kids want to imitate Spider-Man (by doing whatever a spider can).”
“Patents endow their holders with certain superpowers, but only for a limited time.”
“As against this superpowered form of stare decisis, we would need a superspecial justification to warrant reversing Brulotte.”
“To the contrary, the decision’s close relation to a whole web of precedents means that reversing it could threaten others.”
“What we can decide, we can undecide. But stare decisis teaches that we should exercise that authority sparingly. Cf. S. Lee and S. Ditko, Amazing Fantasy No. 15: ‘SpiderMan,’ p. 13 (1962) (‘[I]n this world, with great power there must also come—great responsibility’).”
I’m the first to rhapsodize about my undying love and devotion for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but it’s nice to see another judicial Jewess get her moment in the spotlight.
Maia Weinstock Forget Lego Friends — MIT news editor Maia Weinstock has created custom legos any mother would love to have her daughters (and sons!) play with.
A real life (Lego) Justice League!
In honor of International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8), Weistock created a custom lego set of the four Supreme Court women justices. Including MOTs Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elana Kagan. Yes, 50% of this awesome Justice League is Jewish. Major pride.
Aside from creating the lego replicas of the four justices, which she calls “the Legal Justice League”, Weinstock also created a replica of the Supreme Court and a SCOTUS library/study, so kids can engage in some serious legislative play.
Weinstock says she created this judicial replica ” to encourage girls and women to work toward high positions in the U.S. judicial system.”
I have to say, if I had this lego set growing up, I would definitely be inspired to don some black robes and do some real justice!
Here, see for yourself:
Are we surprised that Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 84, jumped up out of her seat at a Q&A session following a screening of the movie “The Sessions” and demanded that actress Helen Hunt use contraceptives? Not at all. In fact, we would have been disappointed if she hadn’t. The film is about a sex surrogate, played by Hunt, who introduces a polio-stricken poet to the pleasures of sexual intimacy. “Every psychology class, anybody who has dealings with sexuality and education should see this film,” the famous sexologist said in giving the movie the Dr. Ruth seal of approval.
It was kind of hard to avoid hearing the news last week that Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake got married in Italy. Among the guests (or kidnap victims, as some of the gossip media is putting it) at their destination wedding was funnyman Andy Samberg.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan spoke in front of an audience at the University of Tennessee last week. Sure, she talked law, but what really got people’s attention were her stories about hunting with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia. “I’m hoping to bag myself an antelope,” she shared.
The love spell has worn off. Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame is now single and available, following a breakup with girlfriend Rosie Coker. The couple had met on the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” set back in 2007.
Ever since the Torah characterized Jacob as “yoshev ohalim,” a tent dweller, most people do not usually use “Jews” and “hunting” in the same sentence. But the truth is that there are Jews who hunt, and it is now known that Justice Elena Kagan is among them.
In a talk at Beth Tfiloh Congregation celebrating the Baltimore synagogue’s 90th anniversary, the newest member of the Supreme Court of the United States shared her feelings about sitting in the same seat that was once occupied by Louis Brandeis, the nation’s first Jewish justice. She also answered questions about whether she thought her Jewish background would influence her decision on an upcoming case involving an Israeli couple petitioning the Court to intervene regarding the State Department’s refusal to list “Jerusalem, Israel” as the place of birth of their son on his passport. (The State Department deliberately lists only “Jerusalem,” without specific reference to a country because of what is considers the disputed nature of Jerusalem’s status).
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