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Sundown: The Bel of the Ball

Plus, why Assad is still around, the most perfect Brooklyn trend piece, and more

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• Bel Kaufman—Sholom Aleichem’s granddaughter—is 100, and remains the old Jewish lady par excellence. [NYT]

• On Syria, does U.S. policy contradict itself? Very well then, argues Aaron David Miller, it contradicts itself. He explains why. [FP]

• Oh. My. God. An Israeli falafel truck dukes it out with a Palestinian-owned restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Instant and essential meta-analysis here.) [Brooklyn Paper via The Awl]

• There’s a lot wrong with Roger Cohen’s piece on Tonys Judt and Kushner—Judt was serious about being a one-stater, for example—but it is worth reading if only for the quotes from Kushner. (And here’s an alternative view.) [IHT]

• Friend-of-The-Scroll Joshua Foer discusses Jews as “People of Memory” and his new book, Moonwalking with Einstein. [Moment/JI Daily]

• Adam Levin, author of The Instructions, won the New York Public Library’s prestigious Young Lions Fiction Award. [Galleycat]

Just … just watch this. Now. And know that The Scroll’s new official catch-phrase is, “WHAT’S A MENSCH?”

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Forest says:

The 1 thing that the 1-staters and their ilk have in common is that they are all ashkenazim. Those of us who have lived under any sort of Moslem rule know how the jews (and chrisitians) suffer. See for example Lebanon. How many jews are left there? 10? 20? It seems that is more important for these NY intellectuals to look good to their lefty friends that to really care about their fellow Jews. Did Judt and Kushner ever have a word to say about the 1 million Jewish refugeses from Arab countries?


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Sundown: The Bel of the Ball

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