Weekly Schmooze: Kosher Halloween

Jewish culture news worldwide: The rules for a Jewish Halloween; tweeting the Torah; Mandy Patinkin revisits Inigo Montoya.

October 31, 2013 13:16
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Happy Halloween! Sure, Halloween isn't a Jewish holiday, and there is much ado about whether or not it's kosher for Jewish people to celebrate, but blog Jewbellish came up with its own tongue-in-cheek halachot – religious laws – for trick or treaters. For example, trick or treating is only allowed after sunset, and immodest costumes are only for "at home with one's husband." The site also created this image, which went viral with over 100,000 views in a day:

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Meanwhile, Tablet has some Jewish feminist Halloween costume ideas  6 Degrees No Bacon has Jewish celebrity costumes and if you're looking for a playlist, The Orlando Sentinel listed the top 10 Jewish Halloween songs. Here's "Creatures of the Night," by KISS, from that list:

For a project that is slightly more kosher than Halloween, check out "Unscrolled," a book in which 54 Jewish writers and artists – from "Lost" creator Damon Lindelhof to SNL alum Michaela Watkins - interpret the Torah in their own, unique way. There are interesting and interactive blog posts for every week's Torah portion and tweets about them using #Torahin140.

Mandy Patinkin is more popular than ever, thanks to his role as Saul on "Homeland," but he will always be Inigo Montoya to fans of The Princess Bride. This week, Patinkin told CBS that his favorite line from the classic 80s film is not the famous "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," but "I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over I do not know what to do with the rest of my life.”

When you're not busy quoting Inigo Montoya, brush up on your Yiddish. Buzzfeed has a cute video of Yiddish words you need to know.

"Scandal" fans know that "Friends" alum Lisa Kudrow has a new role as a possible political rival for President Fitzgerald Grant, which is more than reason enough to check out an interview with her in the Saturday Evening Post. Kudrow talks about experiencing anti-Semitism as a college student, her son's Chabad "drive-by bar mitzvah" and her nose job, which she called "life-altering."

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Some of the big entertainment stories on JPost.com this week:

Paula Abdul visited Israel for the first time, where she met President Shimon Peres and had her Bat Mitzva almost four decades late.

Musical pioneer Lou Reed died at 71 this week; Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman remembers his friend, the rock star.

Ra'anana-based acapella group Kippalive, Israel's answer to The Maccabeats, blew the judges away on Israeli X Factor.

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