By Michelle Albert
- The newly expanded Jewish Museum in London opened Wednesday. It boasts a 13th century mikvah, an 18th century silver and coral Torah case from Iraq and the boxing shorts worn by Jewish boxer Harry Mizler, Britain’s 1934 lightweight boxing champ.
- Minnesota senator and former funny guy Al Franken brings comedy to congress. Read a profile of Franken from Moment’s archives.
- A new website caters to the edgier side of Chasidim—what the site calls “Chasidim on the fringe.”
- The Republic of Ireland’s Foreign Minister, Micheal Martin, criticized the Irish town of Carickmacross for removing the page in its guestbook that was signed by the Israeli Ambassador. Martin said that while he shares Irish concerns over Israeli policy, that does not mean Ireland shouldn’t treat the Israeli Ambassador with respect. The now infamous page was torn from the Carickmacross guest book after 11 Israeli agents attacked a Hamas agent in a hotel in Ireland. The clincher? Three of the agents had illegal Irish passports. Some have construed the attack as an uprising by Irish Jews, but the evidence for that seems laughable.
- Heeb gives a rundown of the biggest Jewish marriages of the year, complete with caricatures.