June 16, 2005

U.S. Acts Cautiously on Mideast Issues

It may be the most ideological presidency in recent memory, but on at least one issue, the Bush administration is pure pragmatism.

Spectator – How Sweet She Is

At the beginning of her risqué comic monologue, \”Sugar Happens,\” Rachel Bailit struts onstage wearing a tight black corset, a skimpy skirt, garters, thigh-highs and an attitude.\n\n\”I know what you\’re thinking: Big boobs … big lips. Bimbo. Starlet. Slut,\” she says. \”But don\’t judge me; you don\’t really know me. I\’m just a nice Jewish girl from Needham, Mass.\”\n\nWhile laundering her costume at her rent-controlled Santa Monica apartment recently, the cheery actress says she intends her introduction to confront the bimbo stereotype and to declare, \”I\’m a lot more than that.\”

Nachas From Noggins

El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills has once again given Los Angeles something to kvell about. The school claimed top honors at this year\’s national Academic Decathlon, the annual contest of intellectual prowess.

Three of the nine team members generated special pride for the Jewish community: Lindsey Cohen and Linsday Gibbs are both affiliated with Shomrei Torah, while Kevin Rosenberg attends Temple Aliyah.

\”I got enormous support from my parents, from my temple [Shomrei Torah] and from my friends,\” Gibbs said. \”After we won state, the rabbi sent me a letter and the cantor called me…. They didn\’t know what I got on each test or how I did medal-wise, and yet, they were all so supportive and welcoming and congratulatory when I got back.\”

The Clot to Kill Jesus

In what is likely the ultimate \”Cold Case File,\” a researcher in Haifa may have figured out the cause of Jesus\’ death.

Professor Benjamin Brenner, a Technion Medical School and Rambam Medical Center hematology expert, said the problem was not blood loss, but a blood clot that likely traveled to Jesus\’ lungs.


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