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May 5 2014

Taking My Grandson to Meet a Real-Life Superhero

By at 10:08 am


When I was a kid, we were told to look up to police officers, respect them, consider them our friends and protectors and, if we were ever lost, to find one. Still, I think many of us were actually afraid of them.

When I got to college, police officers were “pigs,” emblems of a corrupt establishment.

These days, the whole thing seems more complicated. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 4 2013

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Cast as Wonder Woman

By at 3:26 pm


Gorgeous Israeli actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Warner Bros. sequel to Man of Steel.

The 28-year-old, former Miss Israel contestant is best known in America for her three most recent installments in the Fast & Furious franchise. She is also a model (duh) and had a two year stint as a sports trainer in the Israel Defense Forces.

Director Zack Snyder said in a statement:

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.

Go, Gal!

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Aug 6 2013

Are Superhero T-Shirts Kosher for Jewish Kids?

By at 9:58 am

superhero teesIn the hallways of my kids’ Jewish camp I’ve seen “Crab Shack” tees and even shirts that say, “Hail Bacon!”

With smugness, I told the preschool director I’d never dream of sending my kids wearing “those kinds” of tees to anyplace attached to a synagogue. We also spoke of the more eyebrow-raising baby clothes we’ve seen recently (“Free Gas Around the Corner,” “Bros Before O’s,” “I Only Cry When Ugly People Hold Me”). Which was worse: cute little crab or outright hostility?

“Ideally,” said Randi, “when it comes to choosing clothes, parents are sensitized to anything that contradicts Jewish values.” A pause. “That includes skull-and-crossbones tees. And Superheroes.” Read the rest of this entry →


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