Israel Looks for Solutions to Its Ultra-Orthodox Men Problem

Israel's army is a subject of fascination to many Americans, primarily because they draft not only male civilians, but women as well. There's a group of Israelis though who, until recently, were actually exempt from conscription: ultra-Orthodox men and women. And it's their lack of inclusion in the draft, similar to… » 6/07/13 4:10pm 6/07/13 4:10pm

Jewish Sorority Girl Responds to Frat Bro With 'How to Impress Gentiles'

After her sorority was the subject of a letter—specifically, a guide to talking to Jewish girls—penned by a University of Maryland frat guy that went viral, one girl came back with an answer rap of sorts, sent to her sisters on her list-serv, "How to Impress a Gentile." Biting and funny, it turns the tables on one… » 4/10/13 12:27pm 4/10/13 12:27pm

Popular 'Jew In The Box' Exhibition At Berlin's Jewish Museum…

As a Jewish person, I feel pretty confident in saying that it's almost inevitable that putting a Jewish person in a small space, ever, anywhere, will make some people angry, even if it's with the best intentions. So it's unsurprising that Berlin's Jewish Museum's new "Jew in the Box" exhibit, which features one of… » 3/30/13 3:45pm 3/30/13 3:45pm

Women Arrested at Western Wall For Refusing To Remove Prayer Shawls

Since the first arrest of this nature back in 2009, a number of women have been detained by Israeli security for attempting to pray at Jerusalem's Western Wall with tallitot, fringed prayer shawls that are traditionally reserved for men. While the Wall (called the Kotel by some) is considered one of the great… » 12/23/12 3:50pm 12/23/12 3:50pm

Asshole Catholic League President Warns Rabbi to Keep His Jew Nose Out…

Every time perpetually apoplectic Catholic League President Bill Donohue does something batshit like send a hilariously impotent comic book villianesque letter to, say, Kraft foods urging them to stop advertising on The Daily Show because Bill Donohue is personally mad about a graphic that appeared in the background… » 6/21/12 10:50am 6/21/12 10:50am

The Jewish Law That's Keeping Ultra-Orthodox Women From Getting Pregnant

We often talk about the problems religion brings upon women by forbidding the use of birth control, but, oddly enough, there's a phenomenon in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community which is causing the exact opposite problem. Their strict religious rules, known as halacha, govern many aspects of women's lives, including… » 6/20/12 10:25am 6/20/12 10:25am

Want to Sell Your Eggs to Pay for College? Be Asian.

Are you a pretty Asian girl who is good at math? Your eggs might be worth about a downpayment on a decent condo. Are you black, white, or Hispanic? Sorry, but the best egg donation centers can give you for your reproductive cells is enough to buy a sort of decent used compact car with about 75,000 miles on it. Also,… » 5/04/12 2:40pm 5/04/12 2:40pm

Oy, Get Ready For Shunned, the 'Jews-y Shore' Show

When it comes to shining a light on subcultures, reality shows can be informative, but there's usually a hint of mockery. Sure, some programming is straight-forward. But respectful shows like All-American Muslim are in the minority; most programs lean more toward Toddlers and Tiaras or Jersey Shore. Will we be… » 4/09/12 5:00pm 4/09/12 5:00pm

Why Can't the Mormon Church Stop Baptizing Anne Frank?

There's been some chatter in the news lately about the Mormon church's bizarre habit of baptizing non-Mormons who have died. They've done it on all kinds of famous deceased people—Elvis, Shakespeare, and even Jesus Christ himself. This past weekend they baptized Anne Frank, WWII diarist and victim of the Holocaust.… » 2/22/12 11:55pm 2/22/12 11:55pm

Holy Vibrators Make Sex A Religious Experience


When one thinks of a devout religious couple in bed together — as one so often does — giant, throbbing dildos and risqué lingerie aren't usually part of the picture. But that's about to change, thanks to a growing number of websites that have started selling religion-approved sex toys. These smart God-trepeneurs have… » 12/30/11 7:00pm 12/30/11 7:00pm

Fox News Apologizes To Jews After Insinuating They Killed Jesus


If you thought Fox News was going to take a break from being completely obnoxious for the holidays, you were sadly mistaken. In a move that can only be described as asinine, Fox Latin America put up a poll on Facebook asking their followers who they thought was responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. Here were the… » 12/29/11 10:45pm 12/29/11 10:45pm

Do Campaign Donors Really Think Michele Bachmann Is Jewish?

According to a story making the rounds today, Mitt Romney is having a hard time raising money from Jewish voters because many of them think Michele Bachmann is Jewish, despite the fact that she talks about Jesus constantly. This makes sense because mistakenly sending money to Bachmann is exactly the kind of thing your… » 8/30/11 10:01pm 8/30/11 10:01pm