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Your daily spiel for Tuesday, August 29


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

We need to talk about honey cake: As the auspicious holiday of Rosh Hashanah nears, it’s time the Jewish community has an honest conversation about honey cake. Namely, about the fact that it tastes bad, and can we all stop pretending?

Pink’s powerful speech: At Sunday’s VMA (Video Music Awards) event, Pink’s acceptance speech for her receipt of the Video Vanguard Award was a kind of paean to gender, and other types of, non-conformity. Check it out! (She’s Jewish, by the way).

Rabbinic in-fighting: A group representing hundreds of Orthodox rabbis delivered a sharp rebuke to Jewish clergy who recently announced their refusal to participate in the traditional pre-High Holiday phone call with the U.S. president. The group also said that Reform and other liberal clergy are applying a double standard to their judgment of President Trump.

The kids are alt-right: The president of the right-wing organization the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has confirmed that Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump’s recently ousted chief strategist, who’s been accused by groups like the Anti-Defamation League of (among other things) trafficking in ideas that encourage anti-Semitism on the alt-right, will speak at ZOA’s Nov. 12 gala in New York. 

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