Early Sundown: Sukkot Edition
Plus unrest in East J’lem, and more
Tablet Magazine and The Scroll will be dark through the end of the week in observance of Sukkot. This calls for an extra-long (and improperly named) Sundown.
• Elif Batuman examines what is to become of Franz Kafka’s papers? [NYT Magazine]
• A private Israeli security guard shot a Palestinian dead in a predominantly Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Clashes have since ensued. Gulp. [LAT]
• Russia is nixing the planned sale of sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to Iran in deference to the U.N. sanctions. [JPost]
• J Street head Jeremy Ben-Ami calls on Prime Minister Netanyahu to extend the freeze (and J Street is running a whole bunch of print ads backing him up). [JTA]
• American Jews’ outsize political influence runs headlong into disproportionately un-Jewish Iowa’s outsize political influence. [Jewish Week]
• Yesterday, former President Clinton fingered not only settlements but also Russian immigrants in Israel as obstacles to peace. [Foreign Policy]
• Harold Bloom on Isaac Bashevis Singer. [NYRB]
• President Abdullah Gul talks Turkey … and Israel and Iran. [WP]
• Matt Duss compares what Helen Thomas and Martin Peretz said, and contrasts their fates. [Boston Globe]
• A profile of JDub Records artist Clare Burson, whose new album is Holocaust-inspired. [NYT]
• Barry Gewen situates the Park51 controversy in the broader American historical context. [Entanglements]
• Support the (Jewish) troops! While there are plenty of military rabbis, there is a severe shortage of Torahs. [Arutz Sheva/Vos Iz Neias?]
• Israeli know-how + Chinese manufacturing = a lot of money for one Israeli private-equity fund (maybe). [WSJ]
• A Serious Man lead Michael Stuhlbarg plays Arnold Rothstein in HBO’s new Boardwalk Empire. [Jewish Journal]
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