Sundown: Fiction Stranger than Truth
No church in school, Yemenite Jews, and an Israeli Robin Hood
• James Frey, no stranger to self-exaggeration, is working on a novel called Illumination: The Last Testament of the Holy Bible, about an Orthodox Jew who thinks he’s God’s gift—literally, as in the Messiah. [NYT]
• A high school in Washington state prohibited students from forming a school-sponsored Bible club, partially because members “would have to pledge to Jesus Christ to vote.” (Technically, some would argue that such a rule doesn’t exclude all Jews.) The Supreme Court rejected the student group’s appeal to overturn the school’s decision. [WTOP]
• A new study shows that Yemenite Jews are more susceptible to and likely to get more severe cases of Parkinson’s Disease than Ashkenazis, possibly as a result of chewing the hallucinogenic khat plant. There’s no mention of the stats among other Sephardic Jews however, so the results might be a bit misleading. [Haaretz]
• Ezra Nawi, a gay Israeli plumber from an Iraqi Jewish family, spends his time helping Palestinians defend their space and livelihood from settlers. He’s looking at jail time for hitting a cop, a crime he denies. [NYT]
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.