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Sundown: RV Dinners

Israel vs. Zionism, Jewish Rio, and the underworld

Hadara Graubart
August 05, 2009

• A New Jersey couple gives new meaning to the term “mitzvah mobile,” parking an RV outside a local hospital as a place for Jewish families with sick children to celebrate the Sabbath. [Jewish Star]
• Dov Yermiya, a 95-year-old Israeli pioneer and activist, has formally renounced Zionism in the face of what he sees as oppression and cruelty toward Palestinians, opening a debate as to whether Zionists can maintain their ideals in the face of disappointing realities. [TPM]
• A case for looking at the Coen Brothers’ 1991 film Barton Fink—which has been studied by Holocaust scholars—as a representation of hell. [Examiner]
• In a recent video advertising his forthcoming book, fraudulent Holocaust “memoirist” Herman Rosenblat retells the story he has already admitted is not true. [Gawker]
• Rio de Janeiro boasts a new Jewish cultural center—now you can call your beach vacation “educational.” [JTA]

Hadara Graubart was formerly a writer and editor for Tablet Magazine.