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Porn Grows in the Holy Land

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Video-porn is flourishing in Israel, via a Web site that features amateur performers. The latter consist of homegrown Israelis, both Jews and Arabs.Read More


Fixing the Flying Toilet

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: After the toilet on the orbiting space station broke down, the space shuttle Discovery delivered an unusual payload to the stressed astronauts: a pump to fix the faulty potty.Read More


Shakespeare Was a Jewish Woman

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: A scholar who holds numerous degrees argues that William Shakespeare was actually a Jewish woman of Italian descent, Amelia Bassano Lanier. One clue, he says, is that the Shakespearean plays contain more examples of women characters dressing up as men than in the whole English theater up to that point.Read More


Same-Sex Marriage Is Kosher!

By Stanley Siegelman

In California, judges rule
That same-sex marriages are cool.Read More


Photographic Indecency?

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Hamodia, an English-language newspaper geared toward an ultra-Orthodox readership, refuses to print photos of women. The editors contend that doing so would violate Jewish laws governing modesty.Read More


Ed Koch’s Grave Decision

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: Former New York City mayor Ed Koch has purchased a burial plot in an Upper Manhattan cemetery operated by Trinity Church. He wants to remain in Manhattan forever, he asserts.Read More


A Passover Poem

By Stanley Siegelman

Passover is the time for all
To have a festive (matzo) ball!Read More


Olfaction in Israel

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: In its battle against pollution, the Israeli government employs a corps of 300 people to sniff out the sources of bad air. These specialists utilize a basic bodily organ: the nose. Now, they’re coming to the United States to train Americans in odor detection.Read More


Paterson’s Narishkeyt

By Stanley Siegelman

NEWS ITEM: New York’s new governor, David Paterson, admitted he indulged in extra-marital activity. The legally blind official succeeded Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as a consequence of sexual transgression.Read More


Spitzer’s Folly

By Stanley Siegelman

Our first Semitic president!
Such was his ultimate intent.Read More





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