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Hacking the War

Yesterday morning, Canonist reported that the Yeshiva University website, YU.edu, had been hacked into. The hackers, a motley crew from Turkey, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Guatemala, Argentina and Brazil broke into the website and swapped…

Madonna – The Reinvention Rebbe

Rollingstone’s new rock blog, “Rock and Roll Daily” broke a major news story yesterday. Apparently the love affair between Madonna and Britney Spears is over. After Britney posted on her website, “I no longer study Kabbalah, my baby is my…

The World Cup and Jew

Apparently, according to Jonathan S. Tobin in last week’s The Jewish Exponent, Jews and the World Cup aren’t a sound mix. He claims that the World Cup federation discriminates against Israel. Since other Middle-East (read: Arab) countries are unwilling to…

Loading the Canon of the Last 25 Years

Lest you see the New York Times list of “Best Works of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years” as sharing more in common with Rolling Stone Magazine’s “500 Greatest Rock Albums Ever,” than the books it purports to survey…

Messianism at Yeshiva University

Whenever I tell people that before my current stint at YU I studied in Crown Heights, they are skeptical. What could the Hasidic Modern Orthodoxy (thank you, Sue) have to do with Modern Orthodoxy proper? How could a follower of…

Photographic Shas

Joshua Foer wrote an article in Slate about Ms. Kaavya Viswanathan’s newest explanation of plagarism. Apparently, she claimed in today’s New York Times, she has a photographic memory. Right, of course. She was writing, and she got confused between the…

The Scions of Hitler

In an article today in the NY Region section, Corey Kilgannon writes: “Three Quiet Brothers on Long Island, All of Them Related to Hitler.” The visitor asked the landscaper about his father, who was born William Patrick Hitler, son of…

Tomkat "Doomed"

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes released a statement via their publicist (sorry Lilit for beating you to the punch) announcing the birth of their 7 pound 7 ounce daughter. The daughter’s name is Suri. People explained: “The name Suri has…

Crackers of Hate at Columbia

I’m in Chicago for the rest of Passover, but that doesn’t stop me from blogging about New York. Apparently a Matzah-related hate crime was perpetrated at Columbia University this week. At first thinking it was a cracker, Bwog reported the…

Daniel Sieradski