Gather the News – Jewish News – 6/20

The blog editors are happy to report that Gather the News – a recap of last week’s important Jewish news – is back!  It is now being written by GTJ’s fabulous summer associate, Candace Mittel.

Now that Anthony Weiner has admitted defeat and embarrassed us all, it’s time to hear some of the uplifting Jewish news of the week to remind us of why we are the chosen (and not the scandalous) people…

  • …and what better way to do that than through recalling that God chose Natalie Portman.  No one can shy away from Jewish pride when talking about this Israeli-born, Academy Award winning actress. Mazel tov to Portman and mishpaha for her new baby boy!
  • Speaking of babies and happy Israeli news, two now healthy Israeli babies, born at only 23 weeks, have successfully gone home from the hospital thanks to the dedicated doctors at Mayanei HaYeshua Medical Center, not to mention Israel’s unique policy of giving free treatment to up to two children for any couple experiencing fertility problems.
  • Israelis want their cottage cheese! Up 39% in price since 2008, cottage cheese has stirred a Facebook Revolt – a boycott against this essential Israeli staple until prices return to normal.  Lesson learned: you just can’t get in between Jews and their food…
  • In other protest news, the death of Jonathan Pollard’s father has sparked revived debates of this Israeli agent’s imprisonment, and two hundred protesters outside the American embassy in Tel Aviv urged Obama to let Pollard attend his father’s funeral.  Renewed arguments on the duties of an American Jew’s (or Jewish American’s?) loyalty arise.

[Editor’s note: If you’re interested in submitting a piece for or against Pollard’s position for a point/counterpoint on our blog, write to Noa@gatherthejews.com]

  • Kazakhstan is in need of rebranding, and it’s not going to be in the form of a Borat Part II.  Israel wishes Kazakhstan success as Kazakh President aims to play a leading role in the Islamic world by bringing a more moderate and Israel-friendly view to the table.  Certainly “Throw the Jew Down the Well” didn’t help the image Kazakhstan is going for.
  • “Time is running out,” said 87 year old President Shimon Peres on Palestinian-Israeli peace deal.  (He just forgot the “my” in front of that statement.)