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Sundown: Aleph Portman Joke Contest

Plus real Persian firemen of Long Island, and more

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This fire definitely needs putting out.(Newsday)

• Natalie Portman’s baby is named Aleph. Let’s crowd-source this punch-line: Put yours in the comments, maybe I’ll pick the best one tomorrow. [Peoplel]

• Prime Minister Salam Fayyad insisted the Palestinian Authority is still a functioning government, despite the fact that its employees recently received half salaries due to donor delinquency—ironic, given that the P.A. has halved its reliance on foreign aid. [JPost]

•The Great Neck volunteer fire department is truly missing out if it does not publish a calendar featuring its Persian firemen, like Joshua Banilivy (pictured, and all of 18, ladies). [Newsday]

• Creole cookin’ comes to the Golan. [Haaretz]

• George Lang, who went from the camps to the Waldorf Astoria to owning the legendary Upper West Side fine dining establishment Café des Artistes, died at 86. [NYT]

• It won’t embed (grrr), but you should very much watch Deborah Lipstadt talk to Charlie Rose about her Nextbook Press book, The Eichmann Trial. [Charlie Rose]

You in New York City? Like, tonight? Come celebrate Joseph Dorman’s new documentary about Sholom Aleichem at Le Poisson Rouge. The theme is Yiddish! Film’s trailer is below:

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness – Trailer from Riverside Films on Vimeo.

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Is the middle name Ohel?

Tammy says:

I *bet* I can guess what she’ll name the next one…

jsa says:

I feel bad for her future seventh child

Tammy says:

Hahaha. But hey, he can commiserate with the fifth one.

People Magazine: “Its esoteric meaning in Judaic Kabbalah, as denoted in the theological treaty Sefer-ha-Bahir, relates to the origin of the universe, the “primordial one that contains all numbers.”

Wikipedia entry on The Aleph by Borges: “Its esoteric meaning in Judaic Kabbalah, as denoted in the theological treaty Sefer-ha-Bahir, relates to the origin of the universe, the “primordial one that contains all numbers”.

Great minds wiki alike.

In Israel, this bit of news was broken by Guy Pines: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=76

Kinda puts things in perspective.

Jonathan says:

“Aleph! Aleph, put take my oscar out of your mouth right now! Bet,b/c I said so.”

“Aleph, phone!!! It’s Apple Paltrow for you.

“Aleph, the world does not revolve around you. First letter in the Torah? Yea, thought so. Go bring eema a Diet Coke, motek.”

“Uh, hi Angelina. Aleph had great time with your brood on her play date, but we’re not really cool with “feh” as a nickname, k sweetie?

Favorite restaurant: The Aleph Garden

Eric says:

Her future nieces & nephews will have fun with her name, too.

Also, in Israel will her name be spelled simply with a single letter (ala “Mr. T?”), or will it be phoneticized. If it’s the latter, a lot of Israelis might get her confused with this guy: http://tinyurl.com/3unfowz

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