Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Profile: Yulia Tymoshenko

Suggestions by John from Munich and Rachel from Montreal.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Profile: Marc Bolan

Suggestions by John from Baltimore, Jason from Vancouver, James from Pennsylvania, Don from LA, Nathan from Chicago, Kevin from Michigan, Raul from Minnesota, and Fernando from Spain.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Profile: Elisabeth Shue

Yakov forgot to mention Back to the Future... Suggestions by Michael from Hartford and Abe from California.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Profile: Donald Fagen

Suggestions by Edward from Clarksboro, NJ, Jason from Vancouver, and Cliff from New York.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Profile: Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was on the list of people we were NEVER going to profile. But never say never; when Eli from Canada wrote, "My mom thinks that he is jewish because of a website that stated he was", the thought was... are you kidding me? My refrigerator is more Jewish than Tom Cruise!

Which led to this profile.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Profile: Rick Moranis

Yesterday, we gave you the top-searched person of the year. Tomorrow, we will give you a top-three search. Today? Rick Moranis.

Suggestions by Emily from Barnesville, OH, Shannon from Riverdale, Miriam from California, and Ron from Toronto.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Profile: Vladimir Putin

Suggestion by... too many people. Most searched name on the website this year.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Jews in the News: Nobel #3

Economist Alvin Roth makes it three Nobels for Jews, as he shares the Economics Prize with fellow American Lloyd Shapley.

Profile: Herb Stempel

Played by John Turturro in "Quiz Show". Suggested by Charles from Missouri.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Profile: Alyson Hannigan

Yakov forgot to mention the forgotten 80s classic (Jon Lovitz!) "My Stepmother is an Alien"...

Suggestions by Teddy from Milwaukee, Seth from Paris, Lina from Florida, Stacie from Corona, CA, Gabriel from NY, and Heather from Springfield, MO.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jews in the News: Nobel #2

American Jew Robert Lefkowitz shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Brian Kobilka.

Profile: Samuel Ha-Nagid

Suggest by Tobyann from Culver City, CA.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jews in the News: Nobel #1

Serge Haroche, a Moroccan/French Jew, shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with American David Wineland.

Profile: Abe Attell

Attell was suggested by the movie "Eight Men Out".

Monday, October 8, 2012

Profile: Marlin and Nemo

I recently promised a Pixar Jew!

Nemo is also voiced by a Jew, Alexander Gould.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Forget it Jake, it's Kosherland...

Judaism (any religion really, but especially Judaism due to the laws prohibiting proselytizing) should not be treated as a product to be marketed. It is a belief system. You don't just "brand" Judaism in order to attract membership. One should not evaluate a religion based on how attractive it is to a target audience. It's stupid. It should never be done. Ever.

But that said, how dumb is KosherLand?

Most kids—goyishe kids—get Candy Land, a game in which they traipse through a magical world of gumdrop mountains, lollipop woods, and chocolate swamps (it used to be molasses, but the modern child apparently has no idea what molasses is).

KosherLand? Look out little Moishe or you'll mix milk and meat! Oooo, lucky you little Sarah, you get to visit Kosher Town! Great job little Eli, you ate matzah on Passover!

Yeah it's a frickin' party. Look, we love our religion (if that's not clear from over 1400 profiles there's really no proving it), but there's just no getting around the fact that KosherLand—educational though it may be—puts the bored in board games.

We're supposed to be making kids excited about the faith, not rubbing the tenth commandment in their faces—sticking them with dreck while their Christian counterparts get to play with candy.

Like I said, it's a religion, not a marketing campaign but....I mean, can't we at least try to make it look not completely crappy?

Profile: Drew Barrymore

Maybe this should be "Future Jew", because as of now, she is still planning to convert...

"The religion as a faith is so beautiful and it's so much about family being together, first and foremost. I subscribe to that so much in my own life, so that's a really wonderful and easy transition."

Suggestions by Ruth from Buffalo and Olivier from Paris.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

NNNNNNoooooooooooo!!!!! Smoked Salmon Makes Some Sick

Here at my office we have a bit of a leper colony going on, with half my team out sick and the other half either on the mend (me. hooray!) or headed for a bad couple of days (just about everyone who isn't already out). Well it turns out we're not the only ones suffering this week.

Per Yahoo, it looks like the lox may be laying some people low, as smoked salmon salmonella (tongue twister both in the saying and in the consuming) has become a legitimate health concern. Some are sick, some are scared, and there's a whole lot of smoked salmon being recalled right now as people try to figure out what went wrong.

More importantly though, what will we do without our beloved bagel with cream cheese and lox?

Oh wait, the epidemic is just in Norway (and in lox shipped to Costco which, look, if you're getting your lox from Costco maybe you have bigger problems).

So all good.

Profile: Martin Landau

"Crimes and Misdemeanors" is good. "Ed Wood" is good. "The Majestic"? One of the worst movies I've EVER seen.

Suggestions by Ilan from Paris, Ron from Dallas, and Larry from Fresno.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Profile: Adam Greenberg

Greenberg also played for Israel as they tried to qualify for next year's WBC... Once again, he didn't get an official at-bat, walking in his only plate appearance.

Suggestion by Michael from Chicago.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Profile: Charles Feltman

So a hot dog in NYC used to cost 5 cents? It's at least $2 now.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Profile: Otto Wahle

Yes, yet another old school Olympian. We promise we'll be done with them... at some point.