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Your daily spiel for Wednesday, July 5

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Your Daily Spiel is The CJN’s (almost) daily roundup of trending stories in the Jewish world.

Nice fin: Of course fantasizing about being a mermaid is a thing. A new documentary examines the lives of five women women who dress the part.

The hills have memories: Everyone knows how much German Jews suffered during the Holocaust, but as one Canadian tourist recently found out, the anti-Semitism in the picturesque town on the banks of the Rhine she was visiting extends much further back in time.

Woman of wonder: A few weeks ago, Michael Fraiman, writing in The CJN, asked whether Wonder Woman is a Jewish movie. Well, at least three Arab states – Lebanon, Tunisia and now Qatar – seem to think so. All three countries have banned the movie for starring an Israeli actress.

Home of the Jew-Bu: A Jew-Bu? No, it’s not a character from Star Wars. It’s a Jewish Buddhist. And there’s apparently a whole community of them in Halifax.

Better when it’s kosher: Fans of Netflix’s hit series Orange Is the New Black may recall last season, when the inmates were complaining about their food and one of them realized that if she claimed to be Jewish, she could get tastier food. Well, it seems some Scottish prisoners were paying attention: around 100 inmates of the HM Prison in Edinburgh have demanded kosher meals.