A first look at the Simpsons’ upcoming visit to Israel

From Haaretz.com:

The first images from the upcoming episode of The Simpsons, in which the animated family visits Israel, were released this week after six months of
buzz over the special show to be aired in the United States on March 28.

The episode, titled “The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed,” includes scenes of Homer and Bart at the Western Wall with their Israeli tour guide, who will be voiced by British comedian Sascha Baron Cohen, of Borat and Bruno fame.

Read the full story at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1157057.html

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Saturday the 4th

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“The Simpsons'” annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode airs tonight, featuring three supernatural tales, including one with a Jewish nod called “You Gotta Know When to Golem.” The story has Bart bringing to life a Golem, voiced by Richard Lewis, to do his evil bidding. The segment also features Fran Drescher in the role she was born to play: the Jewish monster’s bride.

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Tuesday the 7th

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“Girl Culture” photographer and documentarian Lauren Greenfield most recently has snapped shots of girls and women residing in Southern Florida’s Renfrew Center, an eating disorder treatment clinic. Their painful struggles with anorexia and bulimia are depicted in Greenfield’s new book of photographs and documentary, both titled “THIN.” Selected images from the publication are on view at Fahey/Klein Gallery through Nov. 25. The film debuts Nov. 14 on HBO.

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Krusty’s Adult Bar Mitzvah

Krusty the Clown never had a bar mitzvah. It’s a startling confession “Simpsons” fans will hear this Sunday when the Springfield celebrity discovers he doesn’t have a star on the town’s Jewish Walk of Fame.

In the episode, “Today, I Am a Clown,” written by Joel H. Cohen, the sardonic Krusty turns to his Orthodox father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky (Jackie Mason), and Mr. T for help.

Now in its 15th season, “The Simpsons” regularly pokes fun at Christianity via neighbor Ned Flanders and Hinduism through Kwik-E-Mart’s Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. However, it’s been 12 years since the show has done anything more than an occasional Jewish aside via Krusty or his kin.

In the 1991 episode, “Like Father, Like Clown,” Bart Simpson studies and quotes from the Talmud to help reunite the estranged father and son. Krusty (nĂ© Hershel Krustofsky) was disowned when he became a clown, rather than following the long-standing family tradition of entering the rabbinate (“A jazz singer, this I could forgive,” Rabbi Krustofsky says. “But a clown!”).

Rabbi Krustofsky returns to help his son study for his big day — which he originally opposed for the young Hershel, fearing that he might make a mockery out of it. When Krusty realizes that his show’s shooting schedule has him working on Shabbat, he brings in Homer Simpson as a guest host.

Unfortunately, Homer wins over the audience with buddies Lenny, Moe and Carl and talk of everyday subjects like doughnuts. Krusty, in turn, gets canned.

In a bid to reclaim his audience, Krusty turns his bar mitzvah into a reality TV show, slating the event for Isotope Stadium and inviting Mr. T to read from the Torah.

What else might we expect from a “Simpsons” bar mitzvah? In keeping with tradition, maybe a little “D’oh.”

“Today I Am a Clown” airs Sunday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. on Fox.