• Morrie Yohai, inventor of the Cheez Doodle, died at 90. [NY Daily News]

• Charles Freeman—the onetime controversial Obama nominee—questions why most Americans accept that Israel is a valuable strategic asset to the United States.

• Efraim Karsh argues that Arab indifference to the Palestinian cause will actually prove a boon to said cause. [NYT]

• Producers of a Sundance-screened documentary about a Nazi propaganda film are protesting its R rating, which, they worry, will prevent the film from being shown in schools. [Arts Beat]

• There is only one kaffiyeh factory left in the Palestinian territories, as cheaper imports have flooded the market and put authentic purveyors out of business. [Guardian]

• The U.S. Army is looking for a few good men. Check that, it’s looking for a Sephardic Torah. [Atlantic]

Mazel tov to James Van Der Beek, who got married to his pregnant girlfriend at the Kabbalah Center of Tel Aviv. To some, he will always be Dawson, but Varsity Blues is the best project he’s been involved in.