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Can We Not Be Frank? - or - Why "The Diary Of Anne Frank" Is Not A Punishment

Can We Not Be Frank? – or – Why “The Diary Of Anne Frank” Is Not A Punishment

Let's accept the premise that it's wrong for kids to be mean to other kids. Jewdar is all about opposing bullying (although, in the interests of complete transparency, our postings do occasionally veer into the "cyberbullying" sphere). But using Anne Frank here is a bit of jackassery, on a number of levels.
The NY Post Cover Fiasco: A "Stark" Contrast?

The NY Post Cover Fiasco: A “Stark” Contrast?

The NY Post, speculating on the death of Hasidic slumlord Menachem Stark, has some Jews up in arms. Jewdar would tend to fall on the side of those who find the cover in poor taste. But then - Jewdar has *always* found the Post to be in poor taste
The War On Christmas: An "After Action Review"

The War On Christmas: An “After Action Review”

As is standard operating procedure, when a military operation ends, you need to have an After Action Review. Now that another battle in the war on Christmas has come to a bloody conclusion, let's see where things stand.
Kirb Your Enthusiasm

Kirb Your Enthusiasm

For those not in the know, Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg) was one of the true giants of the comic book industry. So let's give the guy a museum, huh?
Miley Cyrus' Hunger Games

Miley Cyrus’ Hunger Games

When it comes to her latest outburst, Miley Cyrus is doubtlessly going to be taking a huge amount of flak. We can just imagine the Abe Foxmans of the world sharpening their knives. Jewdar, however is inclined to be generous.
Could The Holocaust Be Bad For You?

Could The Holocaust Be Bad For You?

A new study from Tel Aviv University suggests that at least for some Israeli kids from troubled backgrounds sent on the Hajj to Auschwitz, being confronted by one of the worst horrors in human history, and one specifically directed at your people, can actually lead to psychological stress and trauma.
End of An Era?

End of An Era?

Noah's Ark Deli, the last kosher deli on the Lower East Side, closed its doors on Erev Rosh Hashana and may never re-open them again
Sid Bernstein Presents Sid Bernstein's Funeral

Sid Bernstein Presents Sid Bernstein’s Funeral

Sid Bernstein may not be a name known to many today, but back in the day, he was a giant in the world of music promotion
Wilt Chamberlain Scores Again As A Borscht Belt Bellhop

Wilt Chamberlain Scores Again As A Borscht Belt Bellhop

For those unaware, Chamberlain was, in fact, a Borscht Belt bellhop, brought in by Kutschers, presumably because he could carry more trays than normal-sized bellhops.
Footage Of Jerry Lewis' The Day The Clown Cried Lands Online. Is the Messiah On His Way?

Footage Of Jerry Lewis’ The Day The Clown Cried Lands Online. Is the Messiah On His Way?

The internet being the internet, a titillating peek at what might have been and what might yet be has sneaked its way onto Youtube -- the making of Jerry Lewis' The Day the Clown Cried, complete with scenes of Jerry clowning it up.
When Comedy Went to School:  The Heeb Review

When Comedy Went to School: The Heeb Review

It gives a great, if somewhat impressionistic, picture of this lost world (including some salacious details about the trysting that went on between the ladies up in the Catskills without their husbands and the young, male hotel staff members)
Real Human Beings With Real Concerns: Heeb Reviews "The Attack"

Real Human Beings With Real Concerns: Heeb Reviews “The Attack”

Jewdar is not a big fan of spoilers, and there will be none. Suffice it to say, though, that Ziad Doueiri's new film "The Attack" takes a remarkably even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.