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Sundown: Cohen Is ‘The Dictator’

Plus ramp of controversy, Hanukkah grub, and more

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Sacha Baron Cohen in his latest costume.(StarzLife)

• In the Holy Land, even ramps are fought over. Fortunately, Israel’s re-opening of one particular ramp might lessen the fighting. [AP/WP]

• Some Haredim have prevented some women from voting in Jerusalem elections. This came right after the mayor spoke out against gender discrimination. [AP/WP]

• Early-‘80s Ronald Reagan would have been hounded out of the Republican Party for his Israel rhetoric. [Ben Smith]

Times Dining has a bevy of Hanukkah articles: kashering the White House kitchen; contributing editor Joan Nathan on herring; apple-potato latkes; and a chocolate hanukkiah.

• The Dutch withdrew a bill that would have outlawed kosher slaughter. David P. Goldman wrote about kosher slaughter for Tablet Magazine. [JTA]

• New York’s largest kosher eatery has now closed, a victim of the Occupy Wall Street protests (and, some would argue, of the overreacted police presence thereof). [Koshertopia]

We are clearly all helpless before Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator.

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It’s ridiculous to blame Occupy Wall Street for the closing of the Milk Street Cafe. It would be one thing if the cafe was a long-established business. It wasn’t. It opened in June. Restaurants fail. It is more common for them to fail than succeed. I’m sure the OWS protestors didn’t help the Milk Street Cafe gather business, but there is no evidence that it killed the cafe either. Yes, the Milk Street Cafe in Boston has been successful for 30 years, but what works in one city doesn’t necessary work in another. What works in one location in the same city might not work in another.

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Sundown: Cohen Is ‘The Dictator’

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