Gather the News — Jewish News — 7/25

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This week in Jewish/Israel news…

  • They tried to make her go to rehab, but she said “no, no, no!” – an answer that unfortunately may be linked to British Jewish singer Amy Winehouse’s unexplained and sudden death at only 27 years old.
  • Singer Paul Simon, however, is still out and about even at age 70 as he performs in Tel Aviv in tip-top shape (but without Garfunkel this time.)
  • Israel and Lebanon may remain in a state of war, but Israeli heavy metal band, Orphaned Land, and Lebanese belly dancer, Johanna Fakhry, won’t let it affect their art.  The two perform together at the Hellfest music festival in France and stir controversy by flaunting the Israeli and Lebanese flag side by side.
  • Bob Dylan’s rapper grandson?
  • The diaries of Josef Mengele, one of the most infamous and gruesome Holocaust war criminals, are auctioned off to an ultra-Orthodox American man for $245,000 in what many consider to be a distasteful and crude obscenity.
  • Norway massacre suspect Anders Behring Breivik’s extensive document, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” which claims to protect a ‘pure’ Nordic race, has a subsection titled “The great Satan, his cult and the Jews,” in which he groups Jews into two categories: “nation-wrecking multiculturalist Jews” and “conservative Jews,” the former causing a “Jewish problem,” but the latter being okay.
  • Israel is the world’s leader in IVF treatment. Understanding how important it is for couples to have children, Israel provides free unlimited treatment up to age 45.
  • You live longer in Israel too! (It’s all that matzah ball soup and JLC[1])
  • Delegates from Ghana, Uganda, Thailand, Russia, Indonesia, and the Philippines rave about Israel at the American Cancer Society conference in New York. “In Ghana, we love Israel,” Rashida Nasamu, a presenter on E.TV Ghana, said. “Your country is a superpower.”
  • And I’ll just keep the good news for Jews rolling: studies show that Ashkenazi Jews rank smartest in the world!


Candace Mittel is a summer associate at Gather the Jews.


[1] Jewish* Loving Care


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