Sundown: No More Mezuzah Makeouts
Charms, gripes, and the language of racism
• Like the fabled restaurant mints, it turns out mezuzahs, hung in doorways and traditionally kissed for luck, are covered in gross bacteria from so many pious hands and mouths. In order to prevent the spread of swine flu, one doctor recommends becoming more religious—about hygiene—and sticking with air kisses for the time being. [Ynet]
• But not to worry, we haven’t completely abandoned superstition as a way to curb the disease: Israeli rabbis are calling for an anti-swine flu fast day next Wednesday. [Arutz Sheva]
• The Republican Jewish Coalition has become the first Jewish group to officially come out against President Obama’s health care reform, saying “the consequences of Obamacare will include massive taxes, massive new spending and massive new debt.” [JTA]
• A German appeals court has ruled that displaying Nazi slogans is only illegal if they’re written in German. After all, in English, “Blood and Honour” could just be referring to a post-soccer game pub crawl, rather than a Hitler Youth motto. [AP]
• But some offenses are still clear as day: As if their hair wasn’t reprehensible enough, two of the jackasses from reality TV show NYC Prep have been photographed taping swastikas onto a car and dressing up as Hitler for a giggle. [Perez Hilton]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
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.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. 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.