Violence erupts in Israel overnight, Anti-Defamation League extends olive branch to Elon Musk, few religious Americans view climate change as crisis, and nude dating show offers biblical lessons.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is “looking very carefully into the issue.” (Getty)
By Benyamin Cohen October 5, 2023
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Trudeau says Canada looking at making secret Nazi files public: Answering a call many Jewish Canadians have been making for decades, the prime minister said Wednesday he is looking into declassifying information from a 1980s commission that investigated and largely exonerated Ukrainian immigrants who fought for Germany in World War II and relocated to Canada. It’s the latest development in a scandal that broke out last month when the Canadian parliament honored a veteran who fought with the Nazis. Read the story ➤
How a Jewish high school student is fighting back against book banning in Florida: Iris Mogul, 16, founded the Banned Books Club this summer in response to the book bans sweeping across Florida’s schools and libraries. “I wanted to start it, one, just to create a community to talk about beautiful writing,” she said. “And then, two, as an act of resistance.” Read the story ➤
Paolo Pierobon as Pope Pius IX and Enea Sala as Edgardo Mortara in Kidnapped. (Courtesy)
This movie tells the true story of a 6-year-old Jewish boy — baptized, kidnapped and raised by the Pope: Now playing at the New York Film Festival, Marco Bellocchio’s Kidnapped chronicles the infamous 1858 abduction of Edgardo Mortara, whose case spurred international outrage. Conveyed with gorgeous period details, the drama has a blistering anger at its core, but also embraces the ambiguity of Mortara’s life. “Belief, it argues, is a more mysterious force than the mortal zealots who serve as its agents,” writes our PJ Grisar. Read his review ➤
Opinion | The politician who ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy is known for mainstreaming conspiracy, xenophobia and antisemitism: Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican from Florida, “has, for years, pushed antisemitic rhetoric and excused antisemites,” writes Emily Tamkin, author of The Influence of Soros. “Maybe it is unreasonable to expect that the congressman in the limelight in any given week will not have a history of saying and doing things that further antisemitism, or hatred or suspicion of any group.” Read her essay ➤
Contestants on the dating show are revealed slowly from the feet up. We added the leaves. (Max)
Hadassah is elevating Zionist voices, now and always. Inspire Zionism: Tech, Trailblazers and Tattoos, hosted by the Unorthodox podcast’s Stephanie Butnick, will feature Zionist innovators having bold conversations about identity, history and culture. Join us virtually on October 25 and 26.
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Israeli soldiers patrol in the occupied West Bank Thursday morning after clashes overnight. (Getty)
🇮🇱 Two Palestinians were shot and killed after attacking a civilian Israeli vehicle in the occupied West Bank Wednesday night. In a separate incident this morning, five Israeli police officers were hurt, including three seriously, in West Bank clashes with Palestinian gunmen. (Haaretz)
🇵🇸 Around 100 Palestinians were wounded in the early hours of Thursday during clashes with Israeli security forces near Joseph’s Tomb. Most of the wounded suffered from smoke inhalation or hit by rubber bullets, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. (Haaretz)
🎒 On college campuses in the last year, there’s been a drop in resolutions supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. But antisemitism has been on the rise. (eJewishPhilanthropy)
🌎 Few religious Americans view climate change as a crisis, according to a new survey. American Jews were the most likely to say it’s an issue at 32%, while among white evangelicals the view that the Earth is in crisis actually dropped — from 13% in 2014 to 8% today. (Religion News Service)
💰 Viewers of Adam Sandler’s new Netflix movie watched a lavish bat mitzvah party, the latest in a long line of films and TV series that showcase wealthy Jews. Indeed, a new analysis found that poor and working-class Jews are underrepresented in pop culture. (JTA)
💻 A VP at Microsoft is completing his Orthodox rabbinic ordination, and is helping to hire other Haredi men and women at the tech giant. (Globes)
🥯 Trying to get his life together after a felony, Drew Ross found solace in making bagels. Now he runs Drewish Deli in Sonoma County, California. (J. The Jewish News of Northern California)
What else we’re reading ➤ An Israeli protest group is inviting strangers to debate politics in their sukkahs … What happens when the boss invites you to Bible study? … Sukkot turns New York City into a playground for local Jews.
On this day in history (1969): Monty Python’s Flying Circus premiered. Among the most surprising skits from the beloved, bemusing sketch series, which ran for four seasons, was one in which John Cleese posed “as a poorly-disguised Adolf Hitler — he goes by ‘Mr. Hilter’ — hiding away at an English bed and breakfast,” the Forward’s PJ Grisar wrote in 2018.
One of Washington’s oldest Torah scrolls, dating back to 1876, was paraded through downtown D.C. on Wednesday on its way to the recently opened Capital Jewish Museum, where it will reside on permanent loan.
Thanks to PJ Grisar, Lauren Markoe and Talya Zax for contributing to today’s newsletter, and to Beth Harpaz for editing it. You can reach the “Forwarding” team at [email protected].
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