Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Sundown: Fiction Stranger than Truth

No church in school, Yemenite Jews, and an Israeli Robin Hood

Print Email

• 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]

Print Email
2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Sundown: Fiction Stranger than Truth

No church in school, Yemenite Jews, and an Israeli Robin Hood

More on Tablet:

Why the Teenage Girls of Europe Are Joining ISIS

By Lee Smith — Because they want the same things that teenage boys want: a strong sense of meaning and purpose