Twitter replaces stars with hearts, but gets no love from users

Twitter Inc has replaced its star-shaped “favorite” icon with a heart-shaped icon called “like.”

“You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite,” Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday.

“We know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers.”


On Sunday, Nov. 14,
come to the second annual
Jewish Children’s Bookfest
from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
at the Triangle, Mount Sinai Memorial Park
(6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley,
exit the 118 West at Yosemite).
Children and their families are invited to celebrate: “350 Years of Jews in America” with their favorite authors and entertainers, and participate in fun workshops.
You’ll get a free gift if you complete the following puzzles and bring it to Debra at the Jewish Journal workshop.
For more information on the Bookfest, call (866) 266-5731 or visit

“Tiby” Eisen will actually be at the festival.
1) “Tiby” Eisen’s given name is:
a. Martha
b. Thelma
c. Louise
2) The movie based on her team’s experiences is called:
a. A League of Their Own
b. Ladybugs
c. Quarterback Princess
3) From 1946-1953, she played professional:
a. Soccer
b. Football
c. Baseball
Mail your cartoons, drawings, puzzles, etc. to The Jewish Journal, 3580 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1510, Los Angeles, CA 90010. E-mail your written answers to our contests, or your jokes, riddles, poems, etc., to Make sure you write your name and address in your e-mail. See you next time!

For the Kids

Marching On

We leaped into leap month and we marched into March, and now we are springing into spring! This Shabbat is called Shabbat Hachodesh — the "Shabbat of the Month," because we are entering the new month of Nisan. So why does this month deserve its own Shabbat? Because the Torah tells us to make this month the first month of the Jewish year.

Q: What happened to the Israelites in the month of Nisan?

(Hint: It has to do with Egypt.)

Congratulations to Deborah Krieger, 9, of Beverlywood, for winning the Favorite Teacher Essay Contest. Her class wins an ice-cream party.

My Favorite Teacher — Dov Gottesfeld

Last year, on the first day of third grade in Sunday school at Temple Isaiah, I thought I knew what to expect. I expected the same boring stories, a boring teacher that never made anything sound interesting, and no new topics to learn about. What I didn’t expect was Dov. I had walked into class thinking, "Oh, man, Deborah, prepare to be bored out of your mind." After the parents all had left, it was just Dov and us. We said our names, as usual, and then Dov amazed me. He told us about the history of handshaking, telling us in a fascinating way about how people switched from shoulder shaking to wrist shaking to finally handshaking. All the while, I was thinking, wow Deborah, you’ve got a really good teacher to spend the year with.

Since then, Dov has always been my favorite teacher. He always taught about things I never would have learned about otherwise. For example, he told us about the history of the letter A. He said that ancient people used an upside-down A to make the sign for an ox. Then the Greeks came and turned the A sideways and called it Alpha. After that, the Romans turned Alpha right side up and called it A.

Dov has been teaching all his life, starting when he was 8. (That’s when he stared tutoring.) He was also an actor/director before he taught full time. Dov wanted to become a teacher because he just loves teaching.

He thinks charity is important to every person because some people need clothes, books, toys and food. People who have these things can help the people in need. Dov inspired me to give to charity.

When he’s not teaching, he’s a father to his daughter, and writes screenplays, Jewish plays and musicals. His hobbies are carpentry and cooking. He could even build a house! (I asked him personally.) His favorite part of teaching is when he sees the kids understand what he’s teaching. He gets a lot of pleasure from that.

Playing Favorites

About six months ago, The Journal published a ballot asking readers to pick their LA Jewish favorites: delis, party places, bookshops, etc. The ballots came back with a few surprises, some familiar old choices, and a lot of fervor. Like the old saying goes, 500,000 Jews, one million opinions.

The following list does not purport to be a “Best of” guide, or an index to the only good establishments or products serving the community. (For complete lists, check your Yellow Pages or online guides.) We retitled the categories from “Best” to “Favorite” just to avoid that confusion.

What we wanted to do is gather the experiences and opinion of our readers and serve them up for your information. We published two complete ballots with voting instructions last spring, and tallied the results over the summer. Ties were listed together, and please keep in mind that sometimes two votes separated the Number One from Number Three. Agree wholeheartedly or disagree absoluteley — these choices reflect the thoughts and tastes of at least a sampling of our readers.

The responses, tallied by editorial intern Sarit Kattan, ranged from the precise to the hilarious. Among the latter were several that exposed an undying New York-centrism (Favorite Place for a Wedding: New York. Favorite restaurant for Homesick New Yorkers: No place); one that portrayed despair (Favorite place to meet your Beshert: Let me know!); and at least one that read like an old joke (Favorite Hotel to House the In-laws: One that’s far away).

Enjoy, maybe learn a little, and thanks to all those who sent in ballots.