Details of conflicts between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East have filled the news, of course, for many grief-filled years. Less prominently discussed outside of Israel are conflicts between communities of Jews in Israel — for example, over methods of and approaches to religious observance.
Ivanka Trump — technically, Ivanka Trump the brand — has entered into Marie Antoinette territory yet again. A tweet from the Ivanka Trump HQ account reads “Make champagne popsicles this #MemorialDay.” The tweet leads to an Ivanka lifestyle page post, which links to a Good Housekeeping post which posits Champagne popsicles as a concept, which, in turn, leads to a different Good Housekeeping post with the actual recipes, none of which include Champagne. (Other Ivanka-brand Memorial Day tips include such ideas as having a picnic, listening to music and packing a duffel bag.)
Stop what you’re doing and head straight for brilliant Jewish writer Molly Young’s New York Times Magazine story on wellness entrepreneur and “lifestyle guru” Amanda Chantal Bacon, the woman behind the Moon Juice brand of purportedly lifestyle-enhancing juices, “dusts” (“jarred herb powders” that are “marketed as a beauty supplement”), and more. Come for the writing (“As a housekeeper vacuumed nearby, Bacon kicked into her origin story.”); stay for the insightful analysis of the politics of contemporary American pseudoscience:
The New York Times ran a powerful op-ed by Tanya Weiz, about her experiences being injured during a terrorist attack at a Tel Aviv disco in 2001. Her story offers a sense of what many are now experiencing in Manchester. Weiz was 17 at the time. While she survived the attack, a friend she’d gone with, Liana, did not:
Alexandra Brodsky, the anti-rape culture activist honored in this year’s edition of the Forward 50, has been garnering national attention with a recent study on a “rape-adjacent” practice known as “stealthing.”