Last night marked the beginning of Tu B’Av, a cool Jewish holiday that I just found out about! The more I read and discover about Tu B’Av and its possible feminist undertones, the more excited I get. It seems the Jewish community has, in recent years, began a movement to turn the 15th of Av into a modern Jewish holiday – the Jewish Valentine’s Day. Creating a holiday that celebrates love and sexuality from a progressive, feminist, and Jewish prospective? Now that is a movement I can get behind!
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (Dem) has picked Loretta Weinberg to be his running mate for lieutenant governor. The JTA reports that this "marks the first time a Jewish woman is running for state-wide office in New Jersey."
The JTA article does not paint a pretty picture of the history of women in New Jersey politics.
The most recent issue of Heeb Magazine is causing quite a stir. The issue features Roseanne Barr wearing an apron and a Hitler mustache, pulling a tray of “burnt Jew cookies” out of an oven. The Heeb publisher posted an article explaining the editorial choice, which discusses a cultural shift towards acceptance of “Holocaust humor.” Heeb argues that old taboos are relaxing. Jews are beginning to embrace the Holocaust in a new way - as something to laugh about. Is this true? Has the Holocaust really become funny?