Your Daily Spiel is The CJN’s (almost) daily roundup of trending stories in the Jewish world.
Exit Stage Left: Renowned Canadian Jewish actor Harvey Atkin, died on Tuesday at the age of 74.
International Incitement: Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO condemned the body as a “full partner” in Palestinian incitement. The organization has received much criticism for its recent rulings that seemingly ignore the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, and a similarly controversial ruling regarding Hebron.
Patent Pending: An American activist is seeking to patent the swastika in order to deprive bigots from using it.
Arts & Culture
Jew not playing Jew: In a development that one Jewcy.com writer has dubbed a shandeh, Jewish actress Natalie Portman, though slated to play Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the upcoming film On the Basis of Sex, was replaced by the British – and lovely but not Jewish actress – Felicity Jones. As the writer puts it, Ginsburg, or rather “the Notorious RBG,” is “one of the most influential and visible Jewish women in the country today,” and should thus be played by a Jewish actress.
Column of the Day
Passing Over: A biting Op-Ed by Liel Leibovitz, a columnist at Tablet, took aim at the U.S. Anti-Defamation League over a recent report it issued. According to Leibovitz, the ADL downplayed left-wing anti-Semitism and thus demonstrated the organization’s penchant for putting “politics above principle.”
Song of the Day:
Diamond in the Rough: Take a trip down memory lane with a bit of music from Neil Diamond. If you live in the GTA, pack an umbrella,’cause it looks like it’ll be raining all day long.