On Wednesday, while many Jews were camped out in synagogue repenting, Gothamist ran a story entitled “Woman Claims Synagogue Fired Her for Having Pre-Marital Sex.” Alana Shultz, 36, had been employed as program director at Congregation Shearith Israel — the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States — on the Upper West Side, for 11 years.
Jackie Collins passed away on Saturday, September 19th after a six year battle with breast cancer. Survived by her three grown daughters and her sister, the actress Joan Collins, Collins was best known for her novels about Hollywood debauchery. Some of her books were so steamy, they were banned not just by a single library, or from certain stores, but by entire countries including Australia and South Africa. Not that banning really harmed her sales. Collins earned millions from her books (“Hollywood Wives,” “Lucky,” “The Santangelos,” “The Stud” among many others) and frequently topped bestseller lists. She sold over 500 million copies in her lifetime, more than four times that which “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James has sold.
His handwriting is terrible.
It was an impressive apology - even considering the fact that Rabbi Barry Freundel has been penning elaborate sermons about repentance and forgiveness for decades, and that, since he was sitting in solitary confinement in a Washington, DC jail when he penned his missive, he had plenty of time to refine it.
When I first read Alana Massey’s recent piece in The Atlantic, “Women Don’t Need to Have Periods,” about period-suppression, I wondered if it was sponsored content for a pharmaceutical company, specifically Bayer, the makers of the Mirena IUD.