It’s May the 4th, or, more precisely, May the 4th Be With You! While some of you intend to celebrate this most important of holidays with some “Star Wars” marathon-ing (the original trilogy, yes?)or with a critical analysis of the trailers for the upcoming and much anticipated new movie, here are 9 (5 + 4, get it?!) Jewish things you may not know about “Star Wars”:
When I heard that the writers Deborah Eisenberg, Teju Cole, Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Rachael Kushner and Taiye Salasi had publically withdrawn from their roles as table hosts for PEN America’s annual gala in protest over the organization’s decision to award Charlie Hebdo the Freedom of Expression Courage Award, my first reaction was to cringe at the spectacle of a group of writers — many of whom I greatly respect — coming out against a clearly beleaguered, clearly courageous publication simply because they disagreed with its politics.
Ok, we’ll admit it, we just couldn’t resist! Yes, the #HowOldRobot is in its beta stage, but we wanted to know what it would make our of our favorite famous Jews. Here are the results and well… #HowOldRobot still has some kinks to work out.
“When you are silent for a very long time, it comes back and bites you in the ass” Alan Cumming Tony Award winning actor-producer-activist told the guests at Safe Horizon’s April 28 Champion Awards Dinner at New York’s Grand Hyatt. The largest victims’ services agency in the United States, Safe Horizon presented “Great Scot” Cumming with its Humanitarian Award. Lauded for his role as the Emcee in the Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” Jewish political maverick Eli Gold on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” author of best-seller “Not My Father’s Son,” an emotional Cumming informed: “I was abused regularly and severely by my father — physically, emotionally, mentally. Being around him was like navigating a minefield. I could never relax. I wrote [my book] to expunge him from my life… I had no idea how much it would affect other people. I cannot advocate enough about talking, sharing…the experience of being safe. ” He choked up.