🐂 A lost bull wandered into a bank in Israel on Monday and raged through the hallways for more than an hour. The bull, which had caused havoc in the parking lot by slamming into cars, was eventually restrained by a local veterinarian. Israeli news outlets were awash in puns: bank charges, bull market, etc. (Haaretz)
🧕 A Muslim teenager was written up for wearing a hijab to her charter school in Massachusetts. The school, whose uniform policy allows for religious attire, acknowledged it mishandled the situation. (AP)
🇺🇦 “Odesa, grain port to the world, city of creative mingling, scarred metropolis steeped in Jewish history, is the big prize in the war and a personal obsession for Mr. Putin,” Roger Cohen writes in a New York Times dispatch from Ukraine. (New York Times)
💰 Steven Spielberg and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg were among those who donated $11.3 million to defeat a proposed amendment to the Kansas constitution that would have removed the right to abortion. Kansans rejected the measure, 59-41, earlier this month, in the first such state referendum since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court. (AP)
📺 Israel is the first country to adapt the “The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo,” an American talk show hosted by the popular puppet. Israel’s 14-episode version – which hearkens back to “Rehov Sumsum,” Israel’s “Sesame Street” – is set to premiere in October. (JTA)
👏 As part of “Overlooked,” a series of obituaries about remarkable women and others whose deaths went underreported, The New York Times today gives due to Regina Jonas, ordained as a rabbi in Germany in 1935 and later killed at Auschwitz. “All female rabbis stand on her shoulders,” said Rabbi Sally Priesand, the second woman to earn the title. (New York Times)
Shiva calls ➤ Harlene Winnick Appelman, a Jewish educator who led The Covenant Foundation, died at 75 … Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the spiritual leader of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Shas party, died at 91.
What else we’re reading ➤ Why Jews are so obsessed with soup nuts … Oy gevalt. There’s a mistake in the Torah … An investigation into the origin of the everything bagel.