This Week on The Scroll
A look back at the week that was
• Of course, the big story (oddly enough) was Daniel Blumen’s bar mitzvah video, which featured some rapping and some high profile cameos from Atlanta’s elite.
• Tal Kra-Oz wrote about a speech by Israel writer A.B. Yehoshua at a conference in Israel in which he said that American Jews are “partial Jews,” echoing older controversial statements of his.
• The Chuck Hagel saga took a turn for the surreal after a New York Daily News reporter confessed to being the unwitting source of a story about a speech that Hagel reportedly gave to the Friends of Hamas, a group that doesn’t actually exist.
• We looked at the trial of a Hezbollah courier in Cyprus, which may ultimately play a huge role in the future of the relationship between Hezbollah and the European Union.
• Yoni Brenner imagined what the world would look like if Philip Roth took a page from George Lucas and sold all of his characters to Disney. Hilarity ensues.
• As it turns out, Daniel Blumen’s bar mitzvah went viral after we broke the story, reaching over 200,000 views and ending up on the Today Show and elsewhere.
• The Scroll investigated the history and deletion of the word “Jew” from the Scrabble dictionary and lamented the invalid nature of the word “Goy.”
• Allison Hoffman wrote on the curious reemergence of Rabbi Leib Tropper, who endured some serious scandals and was exiled from his community.
• The Scroll received some sage wisdom on how to win a hamantaschen eating contest from Don “Moses” Lerman, a professional eating champion and legend.
• We assembled our annual guide to the Academy Awards.
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