Sundown: Ford’s Travel Angers Syria
Plus, Madoff wants to go to Harvard, Larry David gets a girlfriend, and more
• The Syrian government has protested U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford’s Tuesday visit to Jassem, a city 70 kilometers south of Damascus, sending a diplomatic note to the State Department stating the trip was taken without government permission. [CNN]
• Leaked cables from 2006 reveal that Avigdor Lieberman advocated the separation of Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs and proposed shifting existing borders. [Think Progress]
• The Jewish Museum’s new director, Claudia Gould, was raised in an interfaith home by a Jewish father and a Roman Catholic mother and has little previous experience with Jewish art. Should that matter? [Culture Grrl]
• Having a baby? The Times takes a look at the medical pros and cons of circumcision. [NYT]
• Tablet contributor Michelle Goldberg reports from Glenn Beck’s rally in Israel, where Beck harshly criticizes critics of Israel. [Daily Beast]
• Incarcerated Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff recently told an interviewer he was asked to develop a course at Harvard Business School—on ethics!—an assertion the prestigious institution vehemently denies. [NYMag]
• Larry David is said to be dating Amy Landecker, a guest star on this season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, who previously played the role of Mrs. Samsky in the Coen brothers’ flick, A Serious Man. [NY Post]
Menachem Youlus arrested for selling bogus rescued Torahs and pocketing the profits
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