Monday, August 31, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

"Inappropriate for the Shabbos Table"

A moving essay that starts with what social scientists call "the trauma of civility" (learning another culture's manners) and ends in self-acceptance: Inappropriate for the Shabbos Table

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Full Frontal Peep Show For L Train Riders - Gothamist

Full Frontal Peep Show For L Train Riders - Gothamist

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According to the article, most straphangers were "blasé. But one woman started screaming and an elderly man next to her got the shakes." Hyman's series of nudes in public only feature women because, as he explains, "photographing females in public is easier than males. People see a naked woman and they smile. They see a penis and they freak out." Honey, ain't that the truth. We've provided a closer SFWish look at the "striphanger" below...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Palestinian Arabs’ Jewish ancestry

Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog: Israel: More 'hidden' Jews

Many if not most Palestinian Arabs are descended from Jews who were forced to convert to Islam over the past one thousand years. There are numerous stories of Arabs remembering Jewish customs and knowing of specific ancestors who converted. Apparently most Jews did not leave Judea after the two wars against Rome, and centuries later when forced by Muslim rulers to chose between conversion and exile they converted.