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Drew Barrymore with her fiancé Will Kopelman. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

• Awesome things about Drew Barrymore converting: Adam Sandler’s involvement; the prospect of the scion of America’s great WASP acting family becoming a Jew; it makes E.T. that much more Jewish. [NY Daily News]

• Gal Beckerman catches the Times continuing to serve as a daily magazine of Jewish life and culture. [Forward]

• Eric Alterman sets the current debate over what is proper discourse about Israel in its historical context. Conclusion: The right has always tried to police what the left can say (though he is against “Israel-firster”). [The Nation]

• Jennifer Rubin has a smart post on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s successful playing of Israeli politics and President Obama’s unsuccessful attempt to derail Bibi’s plans. [WP Right Turn]

• Rep. Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, will be made an honest man of by his longtime partner. [JTA]

• Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Epstein on Welcome Back Kotter, died at 60. [Newark Star-Ledger]

• Senior editor Matthew Fishbane discusses his article on the imperiled Jews of Venezuela.





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