A reader who wishes to remain anonymous suggested Ms. Rosen a while back. You'd think that a porn star profile would basically write itself and you'd be right. The problem is, it wrote itself in June 2008. So, Daphne sat around the queue, gathering dust, till we figured out the solution above.
Ordinarily, at this point, we'd link some photos or video or whatever of our profilee's work, but in this case we'll just leave it to you, our intrepid reader, to satisfy your own curiosity...
We finally have our shortstop--and contradicted our Ben Zobrist profile--so we should be happy right? Yeah, not so much. We still need a current shortstop (heck, we'll settle for one that's still alive) to complete our All-Jew Baseball Fantasy Team. Until then, we're convinced that Jews and shortstops mix like pastrami and mayonnaise.
Thanks so much to Bill from Miami (for the initial suggestion) and to Jim from Tampa (for the suggestion in response to Zobrist) for making sure Boudreau made it onto our lineup card.
Since the profile was posted, Bob Dylan has probably been our most contentious verdict.
How many times has a dedicated reader sent us the same YouTube clip of Bob Dylan at temple? Or playing Jewish music on stage? Or the articles about his attendance at Long Island shuls? How many times has Moishe himself said to me, "You have to rewrite the profile. You have to change the verdict. You must re-score the score?" And every time I resisted. "Not enough evidence," I said. "Never converted back," I said. And oh how they laughed—silly stubborn Yakov.
Therefore, you can call this newly released (as of October 13) album "Christmas in My Heart" by Bob Dylan.
But, in my mind it will always be known as "I Told You So."
We've had a neat little streak going here at JONJ: Monday was Leonard Cohen, Tuesday was George Cohen and today is George Michael. The next step would be to have someone named Michael run for tomorrow and keep the streak alive but sadly, looking at the next six weeks of profiles (and yes, we've actually got that many written and waiting to be published), there isn't one Michael waiting to take that spot.
Thanks to Liz from Lexington, MA for the suggestion!
Believe it or not, Leonard Cohen is the most-requested profile in JONJ history. Among the requesters (and what an international group!): TS from Toronto, Chris from Leeds, Mal from Tel Aviv, Jesse from Brooklyn, Abby from France, Simon from Liverpool, and Sten from Germany.
The Nobel Prizes are given out this week, and we have our first Jewish winner of 2009: Ada Yonath of Israel, who shared the Chemistry prize with Thomas Steitz (Not a Jew) and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (Definitely Not a Jew).
How's THAT for service? We complain about the lack of good Family Guy Jews on a Friday and—voila—we get the revelation that Lois Griffin is Jewish that very Sunday. There's a Family Guy joke that goes with this kind of wish fulfillment that involves a naked, crab walking Lindsay Lohan, but I'm pretty sure no one wants that anymore.
In a (somewhat) related note, image searches for Lois lead to some...interesting discoveries. People clearly have too much time on their hands and not enough contact with actual, three-dimensional women. NSFW, indeed...
On NYC's Channel 5, TMZ is on at 6:30, preceding Simpsons at 7. So quite often you can't help tuning in at 6:58 and seeing two minutes of Harvey discussing stalking celebrities. I learned my lesson; the mute button is now used immediately.
We're not kidding either... Reader Meredith from Rhode Island wanted us to profile Hamm "just cause he's hot!"
Jews on Mad Men: no, not Don Draper... Hmmm. Well, creator Matthew Weiner, but as far as characters and actors are concerned... Rachel Menken from Season 1, of course, and Maggie Siff, the actress who played her. And... That's it?
So, yes, our website has been flooded with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad queries today. The reason is this article, entitled "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past".
Well, the title sounds definitive. But let's read on.
So it looks like the Ayatollah son's original claim (and the source of our profile) that Ahmadinejad was once Sabourjian just might be true. But what does that mean?
Well, the article claims that "Sabourjian" means "weaver of the Sabour", a step up from simple "thread painter" that was the previous translation. And a Sabour is "the name for the Jewish Tallit shawl". Ahmadinejad is Jewish, QED. Right?
Not so fast. Point one: remember the source. This is coming out of Iran, and we all saw how much truth came out during their current election. So one has to take everything with a grain of salt, especially anything involving Iran's major players.
Point two: interesting change in translation. So a Sabour is a Jewish shawl? And now, let's say... a section of Pakistan, a country neighboring Iran? We don't claim to be experts on Iranian last names, but shouldn't this version be considered?
Point three: OK, so let's say that his father's last name was Sabourjian, and let's say Sabourjian is a Jewish last name. Fine. Is there any proof his father was Jewish? No. So how many generations back does that go? Let's compare Sabourjian to a recent blog topic, NFL wide receiver Julian Edelman. Yes, Edelman is a Jewish last name. Yes, Edelman has Jewish ancestry. But is he himself Jewish? No. If (when) we profile Edelman, he will get a "Barely a Jew" verdict.
But that's because his Jewish roots are an admitted fact. Ahmadinejad's aren't. They are, until further notice, conjecture. So the score stays at 1 (that I of 1 allows for the possibility that he might have Jewish roots), and Ahmadinejad stays at "Not a Jew"... Until further notice.
However, we doubt that he will ever acknowledge his supposed Jewish roots... be they real or imagined.
In case I haven't been clear enough in the above profile, let me just say that I really and truly hate Mort Goldman in the kind of angry and and definitive way that only happens with a fictional character.
There's nothing wrong with making fun of Jews—we're doing it every weekday, after all—but at least try to say something unique or interesting instead of just regurgitating the same dumb jokes that everyone else has done a thousand times. Then again, that's what EVERYONE gets after Family Guy for and while it's the truth, somehow that lack of originality doesn't make the show any less funny.