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Future Rabbi Is Welterweight Champ

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Yuri Foreman, a Russian-born, Brooklyn-based Israeli who is studying to be a rabbi, won the World Boxing Association’s super welterweight title in a Las Vegas bout.Read More


Filthy Yiddish Jokes, in Volume

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Mameloshn abounds with dirty sayings — a fact made evident in a newly re-published book, “Yiddish Sayings Mama Never Taught You.” Some believe the volume will encourage young students of the language.Read More


The Running Rabbis

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: “The Running Rabbis” is a group of young rabbis, cantors and rabbinical and cantorial students. They raise money for charities by participating in marathons. So far they have contributed almost $30,000 to various worthy causes.Read More


Jews Choose Tattoos

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: More Jews are wearing tattoos, according to observers of that scene, including artists who specialize in the area and rabbis who have notices an upsurge of branding in their congregations.Read More


The Screw Tightens on Roman Polanski

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Famed filmmaker Roman Polanski pleaded guilty, 31 years ago, to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. He then fled the country to avoid punishment. Today, at the age of 76, he is being detained by Swiss authorities, at the request of U.S. officials seeking his extradition.Read More


The Blackmail Mess at CBS

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: David Letterman, host of CBS’s “Late Show,” shocked his national audience by announcing he had engaged in sex with some of his program’s female employees and that a CBS producer had tried to extort $2 million from him by threatening to reveal those indiscretions.Read More


Obama Addresses the School-Kids

By Stanley Siegelman

Republicans are mighty pissed/At Washington’s chief “socialist”/Who spoke to students nationwide./“Subversive bilge!” these critics cried.Read More


Fake Shofars Blow No Good

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Some Israeli religious authorities are concerned about the recurrence of a problem that came to light last year: the sale of non-kosher shofars.Read More


Sex — Is It Good For The Jews?

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: “The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism” — that’s the title of an anthology just published by New York University Press. It explores what the Torah has to say about sex.Read More


New York Police Revert to Type

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: New York City is spending nearly $1 million on new typewriters for its Police Department. Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed shock at the purchase. “Why are they using any is the question you should ask, and where do you find them?” the mayor said. “That was the thing that I thought about. I didn’t think anybody made them anymore.”Read More





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