Sundown: Auster Takes on Erdogan
Plus circumcisions done in a snap, Goldberg on Mearsheimer, and more
• Paul Auster refused to visit Turkey because they jail journalists. Prime Minister Erdogan responded that Auster (who is Jewish) has a double standard because he visited Israel. Auster replies: “Whatever the Prime Minister might think about the state of Israel, the fact is that free speech exists there and no writers or journalists are in jail.” [NYT ArtsBeat]
• Circumcisions helps prevent the spread of HIV and are now, thanks to an Israeli company, as easily done and minimally painful as ever. [NYT]
• An OECD study pegs Israel the second most-educated country in the world (congratulations Canada, I guess). [Haaretz]
• Submit your embarrassing bat mitzvah photos to Gawker. Bar mitzvah photos are presumably banned to give the ladies a chance to win. [Gawker]
• The lost and new Jews of … Crown Heights! [NYT]
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