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Sundown: N.J. Rabbi Faces Five Years in Prison

Plus, Portman to make vegan documentary, Kunis does Dior, and more

Stephanie Butnick
January 05, 2012

• New Jersey rabbi Eliahu Ben Haim, one of the 45 people arrested in 2009 in a government sting operation, was sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering. [JTA]

• In their closing arguments, Egyptian prosecutors argued that former president Hosni Mubarak should face the death penalty. [NYT]

• The law firm of Milbank Tweed incorrectly stated in a press release that new partner Atara Miller was the only Orthodox Jewish woman partner at a Wall Street law firm. That’s not even a little true, it turns out. Regardless, you go, girl. [Above the Law]

• Natalie Portman became a vegan after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Eating Animals. Now, she might be making a documentary based on the book. [Huffington Post]

• In other Black Swan news, Mila Kunis is the new face of Miss Dior Handbags. Take that, John Galliano. [LA Times]

• Five minutes with Maurice Sendak. [Tate Modern]

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.