Weekly Schmooze: Rabbis Simon and Garfunkel

Jewish culture news worldwide: The View goes anti-Semitic; Natasha Lyonne vents about yeshiva high school; Mazal Tov to Ivanka and Jared.

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Starting off with simchas, the schmooze wishes a big mazal tov to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on the birth of their son. Trump may have converted to Orthodox Judaism (and is constantly spotted by the paparazzi while walking to synagogue, like in this article, written on Sukkot), but she didn't keep the custom of waiting until the bris to reveal her baby boy's name – it's Joseph Frederick Kushner, after his great-grandfathers. The heiress-businesswoman-model-reality-TV-judge took to her recently-launched tumblr to show off the bundle of joy, as well as photos of Joseph with big sister Arabella Rose, who is two years old.
Meanwhile, another Jewish celebrity joked about being less comfortable than Ivanka with Orthodoxy – and this one went to Ramaz, the high school run by the rabbi of Ivanka's Upper East Side synagogue, Kehilat Jeshurun. "Orange Is The New Black" and American Pie star Natasha Lyonne went on Marc Maron's podcast, "WTF," and did what many a comedian does when talking to Maron – vent about being Jewish. Lyonne told Maron that, after living in Israel between the ages of eight and 10, she decided she wanted to be Golda Meir when she grows up. "My early rebellion, before I found the drugs, would be arguing with rabbis," Lyonne said. She also sold weed to her classmates. Another fun Ramaz story is w
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hen she went to meet Woody Allen after school, stoned and wearing an up-to-dress-code long skirt. When the director asked her how she's doing, she complained about Talmud homework and not having friends at school – but he still cast her in Everybody Says I Love You.
Speaking of Allen, the director slammed many critics of Israel as motivated by anti-Semitism. In an interview with Channel 2 News, he said he feels "there are many people that disguise their negative feelings toward Jews, disguise it as anti-Israel criticism, political criticism, when in fact what they really mean is that they don't like Jews." At the same time, Allen defended America, saying that "by the low standards of tolerance for Jews all over the world, America's been a very tolerant country."
Allen may think America is tolerant, but an acceptance of anti-Semitism still seems to be common enough in Hollywood. As if ex-Playboy Bunny and MTV host Jenny McCarthy's continued endangering of children's lives by speaking out against vaccines isn't enough, she began to espouse anti-Semitic slogans in her new role as co-host of "The View." The talk show's hosts discussed a recent comment by Miley Cyrus that she wouldn't want a "70 year old Jewish man" telling her how to run a career, and McCarthy commented that she "would always trust any Jew; they know how to make money." When Barbara Walters told McCarthy her comment is anti-Semitic, the latter said she didn't know, and didn't apologize. When guest co-host singer Gavin DeGraw said Cyrus was just being "rebellious" and "rock 'n' roll," McCarthy said "you won't be hosting a Shabbat telethon anytime soon." Jenny, since you've already displayed your ignorance, let me educate you a bit: There are no Jewish telethons on Shabbat, because you're not supposed to use the phone on Shabbat. Credit goes to conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel for pointing out this story.
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Last but not least, on a more pleasant note, we have we have brothers Arye and Gil Gat on Israeli reality TV show "Rising Star." The two surprised the crowd with their spot-on rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence," and progressed to the next level on the show.
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