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Sundown: Aleph Portman Joke Contest

Plus real Persian firemen of Long Island, and more

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Sundown: ‘To Bigotry No Sanction’

Plus at his Beck and call, baby Portman, and more

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It Happened On Their Birthdates

Jewish history, the day you were born

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A Hot Mess

Never mind the nice Jewish girls like Natalie Portman, the most compelling character in today’s pop culture is Amy Winehouse, a Jewish mother’s worst nightmare but still daddy’s little girl

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Sundown: Helen Thomas in the Centerfold

Plus Hamas clamps down, Schnabel on Schnabel, and more

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Portman’s Complaint

Mike Huckabee is right and he’s oh so wrong

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Fashion’s Fascists

The fashion world claims to be shocked over John Galliano’s anti-Semitic outbursts. But it’s an industry based on exclusion, and plenty of iconic European fashion figures don’t hold up to scrutiny.

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‘Proud to Be Jewish’

Natalie Portman, Oscar winner and face of Dior Cherie perfume, condemned Dior designer John Galliano’s anti-Semitic outburst. In 2005, she spoke about her deep Jewishness for the book Stars of David.

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Oscar Night!

We did slightly better than a coin flip

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Your Oscar Cheat Sheet

Whom to root for Sunday night

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Natalie and Me

In 2004, Natalie Portman—likely to win a Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan this weekend—spent a year at Hebrew University. So did I, and it’s her fault I started smoking.

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Fun Factor

Natalie Portman, the Harvard-educated, politically active, award-nominated actress, is a great example of why kids should stop trying so hard and start having fun

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Sundown: Daniel Pearl’s Killers Remain Free

Plus Natalie Portman probably says ‘Kennahurra,’ and more

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Midday: Bibi Won’t Apologize to Turkey

Plus Natalie getting married, and more in the news

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Double Bill

Black Swan and Barney’s Version can both be seen as grappling with how to portray Jewishness onscreen. One succeeds; the other fails.

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Sundown: U.S. Slams Western Wall Slur

Plus START supporters hone in on AIPAC, and more

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Nerdy Girls are Sweeping the Airwaves, Says Writer

But, especially in the case of Jews, we say they’re not really nerds

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Portman Doesn’t Like Playing Jewish Characters

But she’d be so good at it!

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A Hasid Among Us

As Natalie Portman makes her screen debut in ultra-Orthodox garb, we scan film history for her antecedents

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New York, You Deserve Better

But Natalie Portman shines in new film

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Jane Fonda Is Sorry

For signing on to Tel Aviv protest without due diligence

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Sundown: Maidel-on-Maidel Action

Online Yiddish, comedic justice, and evangelical fervor

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Natalie Portman, Hasid

Trailer for ‘New York, I Love You’ sure to thrill Jewish boys everywhere

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Extra Specialist

Need someone to play a convincing Hasid in a movie or on TV? Eliezer Meyer is your man.

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Clothes Call

On the importance of dressing up

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Suburban Picaresque

Zach Braff traces a jagged line from New Jersey to Harold and Maude

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