Kazkhstan: Knickers in a Twist over Borat

Kazakhstan, bastion of no sense of humor, is mad at Sacha Cohen, creator of Borat. Borat is one of Rabbi Yonah’s favorite characters, absolutely brilliantly funny, taking the piss out of everything and revealing so much about our own prejudices.

Kazakhstan got all upset last year at Borat’s claim that women are kept in cages, the the Kazakh national sport is shooting a dog and then having a party, that Kazkh wine is made from fermented horse urine and that it is customary for a man to grab another man’s khrum. According to Reuters and CNN’s Offbeat News, Kazakhstan may sue him.

“We do not rule out that Mr. Cohen is serving someone’s political order designed to present Kazakhstan and its people in a derogatory way,” Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Yerzhan Ashykbayev told a news briefing.

“We reserve the right to any legal action to prevent new pranks of the kind.” He declined to elaborate.

Of course, Kazakhstan has done some nice things for Jews. They recently made a really nice shul! Then again so did many dictatorships to show how

nice they were. (Because they think that Jews really run the world ?!?) But Kazkhs do have some strange practices, like kokpar “That’s the one where a goat, a dead goatâ€?—a headless dead goat—“is, um, being held as a sort of a prize. And then one rider has it, and he has to run away with it from others who seek to catch it and snatch it from him.â€? Then they have a party.

See The Foward too on Agent Sacha Baron Cohen.

Teacher Flogged in Saudi For Not Hating Jews

A Teacher is being flogged for being, well, a teacher. Saudi Arabia, AKA Islamofascistan, is beating up this fellow for “praising Jews” according to Reuters.

A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a teacher to 40 months in jail and 750 lashes for “mocking religion” after he discussed the Bible and praised Jews, a Saudi newspaper reported Sunday.

Al-Madina newspaper said secondary school teacher Mohammad al-Harbi will be flogged in public after he was taken to court by his colleagues and students.

He was charged with promoting a “dubious ideology, mocking religion, saying the Jews were right, discussing the gospel and preventing students from leaving class to wash for prayer”, the newspaper said. It gave no more details.

Hey Ms. Glassman, Lets Make Kosher Fuel Standars!

Ms. Glassman,

As a rabbi and community leader I feel it is my moral and ethical duty to respond to the proposed changes to Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (NHTSA-2005-22223).

I grew up in Detroit. I understand the auto industry and the pressures not to grow up. But boosting auto fuel economy is clearly an economic, environmental, and national security mitzvah, i.e. commandment.

You know we can pretend not to be responsible for our actions, but that is why God tells us very clearly that we are put in the world to protect and defend creation.

In is a sin that large gas-guzzlers such as the Hummer are not more regulated. The exemption of these vehicles from fuel economy standards is a free pollution pass to automakers, and is inexcusable. Now that I live in California, I see just how bad things can get vis a via air pollution.

Its not kosher to use loopholes, but that is what most US automakers do. Lets close current automaker loopholes now. Cost-efficient technologies already exist to bring midsize SUVs to achieve similar fuel economy as cars without sacrificing safety or performance.

Lets separate the kosher from the treif. In other words, lets ensure new size classes won’t open new loopholes. Basing fuel economy on vehicle size gives automakers the opportunity to “upsize” their vehicles and downsize their commitment to fuel efficiency.

Please consider my situation and recommendations when making your final proposal.

Rabbi Yonah Bookstien

Ruth Ellenson is very funny, and she’ll be speaking in Long Beach Dec. 1

Modern Jewish Girls Guide To Guilt
Ruth Ellenson Presents Her Funny and Poignant
New Book In Long Beach

Ruth Ellenson, featured on NPR, and across the country, comes to Long Beach’s AJCC on December 1, 2005, at 7:30pm, in an event sponsored by Beach Hillel.

Ellenson is the editor of The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt, a collection of essays by Jewish women writers about everything from pedicures on Yom Kippur to divorcing Mr. Jewish Right.

Ellenson is also the daughter of a rabbi and a convert to Judaism. Ironically, the idea for the book on Jewish guilt came to Ellenson in the middle of a Christian Methodist service, where her maternal grandmother was singing in the choir.

“The delight I saw sitting in her presence was mitigated by the fact that I was sitting in front of a large crucifix,” Ellenson writes. “Those divided loyalties define who I am, and how I approach my religious identity, which I imagine they do for many modern people.”

The book’s many essays discuss subjects as diverse as feminist mothers urging their daughters to have babies and the clash of ideologies in Buddhist-Jewish couples.

At the center of the book is the struggle that many Jewish women feel between obligation to one’s community, and the obligation to one’s individual interests and needs.

An Evening With Ruth Ellenson is free and open to the public. Following the program will be a book signing and a wine and cheese reception.

For more information contact Beach Hillel 562-985 7068

Here all about it at NPR!

NPR : ‘The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt’

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