You knew this was coming, especially with all the weight people are putting on around the holidays. Rabbi Morris Allen of Mendota Heights wanted to shed some pounds, so he started the South Beach diet and made it kosher. Turns out it worked for him and he shed quite a few pounds. Now apparently, this is a pretty popular low-carb diet. Funny, some of us Jmericans live in Miami and we thought the South Beach diet was cocaine and Power Bars. You learn something new everyday. The picture is from the website of one of our favorite Boston eateries, Zaftig’s.
Blog posts will be spotty for the rest of 2004 as the main typing hands of this collective consciousness known as Jmerica escape to DSL-deprived regions of the world. We’ll miss you, but we’ll be back soon with the latest Jews in the news and a refreshed attitude.
It turns out Bowlmor Lanes, Manhattan’s most popular bowling alley and the site of many a swank bar mitzvah, had a secret investor in Yasser Arafat to the tune of $1.3 million. Strike Holdings LLC, Bowlmor’s parent company, has returned the funds and severed ties with the firm that made the investment, so bowling is again no longer interesting.
We know we always scoff at movie versions of our favorite books, but we’re definitely looking forward to the adaptation of Herman Wouk’s Marjorie Morningstar, a timeless comng-of-age novel about a Jewish girl who hits it big in Hollywood. Of couse, it’s already been done; back in 1958 Natalie Wood starred in a humdrum, ethnically-downplayed production, but this time they’re actually using a Jewish actress: double Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson. (Don’t let the Danish moniker fool you, this brainy babe is Jewish on her mom’s side.)
We decided we won’t be done partying after The Eve Party on the 24th. The following day, which we’re told is some sort of holiday for most people, we will be heading to Automatic Slims (Map) on South Beach in Miami after we eat Chinese. Anyone who has been there will tell you Slims is the best rock bar on the beach. The catch is that it’s pretty small, so get there EARLY (before 11). AS ALWAYS AT AUTOMATIC SLIMS, THERE IS NO COVER!!!
We’ve been a bit slow to jump on this guy’s train, but ya know everything gets to us later on the West Coast. So thanks once again to Alli at Jewlicious for providing us this clip of Matisyahu: Watch and become entranced by his chasidic-style dub as we have.
Is it okay to have a big sexy crush on a frum man?
Aww, shucks, SomethingJewishUK harshes on Joel Moss and his Bissel Rap in this week’s Super 7, saying that “while we respect his good intentions, his attempt to break into the Jewish rap…is just embarrassing, and brings back bad memories of Two Live Jews, who at least were a parody.”
Gosh, we know we’re provincial and all, but we really liked it! Sure, if every single one of his raps kept drawing on every minorly Jewish-related item from the lexicon it would get tired, but as a single, it’s a well-referenced introduction to a new voice. We still love ya, SJ, but then again, we love everybody, don’t we?
We know we’re a day early, but we’re going mobile this week and knew y’all couldn’t go without your Jmerica fashion fix. From 7eventy-2wo, a Kabbalistic line of really expensive t-shirts depicting the 72 names of God. Emblazoned with “Celestial Protection,” this hand-crafted honey adorned with genu-wyne Swarovski crystals can be yours for a mere $230 on sale from goclothing.com. Other divine appellations from the 7eventy-2wo site include “Immortality” (particularly cool with a skull and crossed swords) and “Abolish Evil” (branded over a bar code.)
These are in no way approved of or associated with the Kabbalah Centre, which probably ticks them off to no end.
Check out “A Bissel Rap” by the linguistically gifted Joel Moss with DJ Dour at supermasterpiece.com. It takes a master to mix up “borscht” and “Porsche” with references to the Pirkei Avot, yo!
c/o Weird Jews.