This Week’s Links

By Sarah Breger

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While the upcoming production of “Shalom Sesame” has been receiving a lot attention, this week the New York Times Magazine focuses on “Shara’a Simsim,” the Palestinian version of “Sesame Street.” [NYT]

The next logical step in Israeli PR? The porn industry. [Forward]

Florida Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, a Jew, is drawing critisicm for his use of the word “holocaust” when discussing health care reform. This follows Grayson’s earlier declaration—”The Republican health care plan is this: Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.” Memo to Joe Wilson: It’s on. [The Nation, Politico]

Who needs Hebrew School when you have the Transportation Security Administration? The TSA breaks down one of the wackiest Jewish holidays for its employees:

Observant Jewish travelers may carry four plants—a palm branch, myrtle twigs, willow twigs, and a citron—in airports and through security checkpoints. These plants are religious articles and may be carried either separately or as a bundle. Jewish travelers may be observed in prayer, shaking the bundle of plants in six directions.

And they didn’t even need to use the term palm frond. [TSA]


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