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The new American Girl, WWI-era Lower-East-Side-dwelling Jewish doll Rebecca Rubin, unfortunately has the same name as a serial arsonist wanted by the F.B.I. "We feel confident that people will clearly see this as nothing more than what it is - an unrelated coincidence," says a spokeswoman. [NYT]


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The goal is that no one be offended and that Jewish and non-Jewish little girls alike will want to play tenement house with their new toy, which costs $95 - plus more for accessories like a sideboard with a challah resting on it.

Um. Well. "Play tenanment house"?? My grandparents, raised in the same era in non-tenament housing, might take a little offense to that...