• Donald Sobol, author of the beloved Encyclopedia Brown children’s mystery novels, has died at 87. [Gothamist]

• The Times explores the difficult task of making a Kosher cocktail. [Times]

• Jewcy tackles Sarah Silverman’s indecent YouTube proposal for Sheldon Adelson. [Jewcy]

• A different kind of J-Date: An Idaho farm creates something called “Weed Dating.” [Yahoo]

• The gourmet brisket craze is wending its way into Bed Stuy. Watch out world. [NYMag]

It’s Pinchas Zuckerman’s birthday. Tell all those Joshua Bell groupies out there that nobody plays Bruch better: