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What the Jewish media has been getting up to this week: In a Dear Abby column last month, Abby answered a question from a man who thinks one of his brothers tricked his wife into sex. Rather than get outraged … Read More

By / March 27, 2008

What the Jewish media has been getting up to this week:

  • In a Dear Abby column last month, Abby answered a question from a man who thinks one of his brothers tricked his wife into sex. Rather than get outraged on the part of the wife—because, um, isn’t that rape?—Abby suggests maybe she was in on the deception. Feminist bloggers called this victim-blaming; Dan Savage called bullshit on the question. Given the opportunity to ask Abby about this controversy in their interview with her this week, Jewishsf.com instead wonders: If she had to eat one Jewish food every Saturday for the rest of her life, would she go with chopped liver, gefilte fish or matzo ball soup? [JewishSF.com]
  • Clinton administration policy advisor Jeremy Ben-Ami is launching an “alternative AIPAC”—a liberal pro-Israel group. “About freakin’ time” says Jewschool. [The Jewish Week, Jewschool]
  • Ugh, this is a terrible story: Remember the haredi women in Israel who wear burqas? The leader of the group was just arrested for child abuse and the failure to report incest. [Jewlicious]
  • Heeb discovers it has a Christian twin in Geez Magazine. [Heeb]
  • Andy Warhol’s portraits of Jews at the Jewish Museum: Was he exploiting the Jewish community, or vice versa? [The Forward]
  • In his seminal book about life as a chef, Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain refers to veganism as a “Hezbollah-like splinter faction” of vegetarianism. So a bunch of vegans have started a blog called Hezbollah Tofu in which they veganize Bourdain recipes. Is the name offensive? Eric Schulmiller at the Jew and the Carrot thinks it might be. (By the way, best post title ever.) [The Jew and the Carrot]
  • Uplifting story of the week: The IDF gives a residency permit to a gay Palestinian man so that he can live in Tel Aviv with his Israeli boyfriend. [YNet]