The Weekly Schmooze: Canadian Snooki vs. anti-Semitism

A 'Jpost' column wrapping up the hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Richard Dreyfuss plays Heschel; Gene Simmons is husband of the year?

November 18, 2010 15:40
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Who would you name Jewish Husband of the Year? Would it be someone who wears full demon face-paint and platform boots? If you answered "yes," then you have something in common with a blogger for the Forward, who If you feel like you need a shower after watching those last two clips, don't worry. We have some higher culture for you, in the form of a new play. Imagining Heschel, at the Cherry Lane Theater in Manhattan, features Richard Dreyfuss as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The "concert reading" imagines conversations between Rabbi Heschel and Cardinal Augustin Bea in the years 1962-1973, when Heschel helped the Vatican Council repudiate anti-Semitism by exonerating Jews for Jesus' death. The play's website explains that it "raises important questions about the justification of violence by any faith and the limits of forgiveness."

If you're going to see the show and live outside of New York, you may want to check out The Condor, a new haredi hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The hotel was opened by Zalman Glauber and Zelig Weiss for families with many children that keep kosher and don't travel on Shabbat or holidays. There are no TVs in the rooms, but there are wig stands, Shabbat elevators and a Yiddish-speaking concierge.
Last but not least, Israel had some A-list visitors this week, in the form of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and her boyfriend, Leonardo DiCaprio. Despite promising he would never visit Israel again after being swarmed by the paparazzi on his last visit, the actor came as a part of his 36th birthday celebration with his mother, Irmelin, and close friend, "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly, in tow. The four arrived in Israel on Sunday night after visiting Jordan and Egypt, and reportedly stayed at the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv. They visited the Western Wall, Dead Sea and nightclubs under heavy security to keep photographers away.

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