Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Daybreak: Purim Costumes Gone Wrong in Brooklyn

Plus Israeli documentaries strike out at the Academy Awards

Print Email
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind(Getty)

• Influential Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind is coming under fire for wearing blackface as a part of his Purim costume, you know, a basketball player with an afro. [NYO]

• Amid riots and large protests, over 25,000 Palestinians gathered for the funeral of Arafat Jaradat, a prisoner who died in an Israeli prison over the weekend. Fears of a new intifada continue as unrest grows in the West Bank. [ToI/AP]

• Former New Republic owner Marty Peretz is back and reading President Obama the riot act about the relationship between Israel and the United States. [Daily Beast]

• The much-ballyhooed and much-maligned Israeli or demi-Israeli documentaries “The Gatekeepers” and “Five Broken Cameras” struck out at last night’s Academy Awards, losing the award for documentary to “Searching for Sugarman,” which was actually pretty good. [JPost]

• Take your pick today: A Greek comedian promoted some of his shows using a logo that enmeshing a swastika with a Star of David [JTA] or a university in Budapest has suspended student council members for allegedly compiling lists of Jewish students and other minorities. [JTA]

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

Dov Hikind is an indefensible idiot, the Palestinians are rioting again, Martin Peretz is showing chutzpah, and Europeans have an antisemitism problem.

This may be the quintessential Daybreak list.

What was Dov thinking? I’m sure he’s not racist, but he should be politically savvy and aware of how things play out in the media. Even spending money on a professional makeup artist is ridiculous. Do Assemblymen make that much money these days that they can spend it on stuff like that? Insensitive and dumb-minded.

    Someone who isn’t racist doesn’t decide that he’s going to play up to all of the gross stereotypes of black people (nappy afro wig, playing basketball, a grill, etc.)

This self serving extremist panderer has been masquerading as a Democrat for years.

This self serving extremist panderer has been masquerading as a Democrat for years.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Daybreak: Purim Costumes Gone Wrong in Brooklyn

Plus Israeli documentaries strike out at the Academy Awards

More on Tablet:

Herman Wouk’s Fire Island Synagogue

By Jas Chana — The centenarian author formed an Orthodox congregation in his home in 1952. It thrives today.