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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 12, 2013 Cohen's High Holidays snafu NEW YORK (6NoBacon. com)--Surprised by the early arrival of the High Holidays this year? You're in good company. The iconic Jewish singer Leonard Cohen just resched- uled two dates on his United Kingdom tour after learning they fell out on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, BBC News reports. Cohen, 78,isalreadypublicly repenting. In a statement from his promoter, he apologized "deeply for the inconvenience" he has caused fans. FYI, for those who still haven't checked your Jewish calendars, the New Year hits on Sept. 5 and 6, with Yom Kip- pur on Sept. 14. Oh, and with Chanukah falling on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving evening, we'll be lighting the menorah over turkey this year. That's no is- sue for Cohen--he's Canadian. Mother's milk via Alicia It seems Mayim Bialik isn't the only vegan Jewish actress- author in Hollywood speaking up for breastfeeding. While Bialik has provided advice to fellow morns, Alicia Silverstone is now providing them with actual breast milk. According to Us Weekly, Sil- verstone, morn to Bear Blu, 2, ): Shutterstock Leonard Cohen performing in 2010 in Florence, Italy. andauthor of"The Kind Diet," practicing premastication-- has just launched Kind Mama transferring chewed food from Milk Share, a service for vegan her mouth to Bear Blu's. mothers unable to produce "I can understand that enough milk on their own. [pre-chewing] would make In a recent blog post, Sil- some people feel uncomfort- verstone wrote of a woman able possibly because it's new in her community who had to them," Silverstone told ET. trouble nursing due toabreast- "But I do want to let you know reduction surgery and didn't that this has been going on for feel comfortable accepting thousands of years, lit's] still donor milk because "it was goingonallovertheplace.And almost impossible to figure out it's natural." what kind of lifestyle choices We're just hoping there are the donors had made." no plans for a Kind Mama Using another's breast Prechewed Food Share on the milk--and insisting the per- horizon. son be a"clean eater"---might Stewart's Skype visit seem extreme, but Silverstone No matter how much"Daily isnostrangertoextremebaby- Show" fans are enjoying Jon feeding methods. Last year Oliver, it's impossible not to she uploaded a video of herself miss the man he's temporarily replacing: Everyone's favorite on Rothschild tower, a luxury The Vaad HaKashruth, the Jewish fake news show host, housing development going kosher supervising agency of Jon Stewart. up in Tel Aviv. Apartments in theGreaterKansasCityJewish Two weeks ago we were the50-storybuilding, designed community and the event's treated to a virtual visit from by celebrity architect Richard host, is hoping Majumdar Stewart, who was SkypedMeier, havebeensellingfor$1.4 drums up a bigger audience in from the Middle East. to $47 million, than last year--although at He's there, Oliver explained, Madge last visited Israel in 3,000 it was a pretty decent "searchingforatreasurebased 2012, kicking off her MDNA turnout. on a map he found on the back tour at Ramat Gan Stadium. David Stem's final draft of the Constitution." Oh wait, During the trip she visited boos that was a joke--he's actually the Western Wall tunnels in Serving since 1984 as NBA there directing his first film. Jerusalem and holed up in her commissioner, David Stern no Stewart was just as funny hotel with teachers from Tel doubt is used to the boos and as ever, although he did look Aviv's Kabbalah Center. Looks curseshehearsannuallyatthe a bit different thanks to his like next time she might have NBA Draft while announcing new beard, more space for visitors--and the first-round picks. "I didn't grow it," he said. since Meier on Rothschild has Over theyears, Stern's strict "When you get off the plane a pool, she won't have to build policies, on and off the court, in the Middle East, they give it a swimming spot for her kids. have afforded him the reputa- to you like the Hawaiians give Food Network celeb judging tion of an almighty dictator you a lei." kosher BBQ comp among players, owners and Madonna's tony TelAviv digs Kansas City's kosher su- fans. Is Madonna putting downpervisor is going the celebrity "1~o weeks ago in his final rootsintheHolyLand?Accord- route in a bid to fire up the draft--Stern is stepping down ing to Israel's Channel 10, the attendance at its KC Kosher in February--the draftniks in answerisaresoundingmaybe. BBQ competition this year. Brooklyn again showered him While the Kabbalah devotee Food Network regular Simon with Bronx cheers. But this was not actually seen looking Majumdar will be on hand for time, the erstwhilevillain took at properties, she was photo- theAug. 18faceoffofbarbecue ituponhimselftoacknowledge, graphed holding awhite folder, mavens in Overland Park, Kan. and even enjoy, the"warmwel- What, if anything, does that The Indian-British foodie, come" from the fans. He even reveal, you might ask? who's been seen on "The Best teasedthem, inaverynebbishy Users of a Facebook page for Thing I Ever Ate," "Iron Chef' way saying, "I can't hear you." Israeli Madonna fans wonder- and "The Next Iron Chef," will David, we'll miss you, you ing the very same thing blew sample and rate the best ko- evil yet adorable man. up the shot and discoveredthat sher chicken, ribs and Kansas For the latest Jewish celeb- it wasn't just any white folder City-style (i.e.,slowcookedand rity news, visitJTA's 6Degrees but a brochure for the Meier smoked) brisket around.(No Bacon) biog. Far from Kotel, Women of the Wall pray with police protection JERUSALEM (JTA)--Wom- en of the Wall conducted its monthly prayer service at the Western Wall pdaza with an occasional distwrbance from protesters, but the worship- ers were kept far from the wall itself. The women, who came to the holy site Monday morn- ing to mark the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av, were blocked with barricades in the southern part of the plaza. The Western Wall was not in sight, blocked by the Mughrabi Bridge to the Temple Mount. "It sucks," Women of the Wall's chairwoman, Anat Hoffman, told JTA during the service. "It was a surprise." A police spokeswoman told JTA that the barricade was placed far from the wall for the "personal safety" of the female worshipers. Thousands ofharedi Ortho- dox girls and women arrived ahead of the Women of the Wall, packing the women's section of the Western Wall plaza, praying silently and blocking Women of the Wall from entering. A crowd of mostly male haredi Orthodox protesters surrounded the barricade, with some protesters singing and yelling epithets such as "Get out, Nazis!" Later in the service, protesters threw eggs and a bottle of water at the women, striking a male supporter of the group in the head. Midway through the ser- vice, the female worshipers crowded close to the bar- ricade, face to face with the protesters. The women held their prayer books in the air and sang loudly, trying to outmatch the chants from the other side of the police line. Women of the Wall gath- ers at the beginning of each Jewish month for a women's Rosh Chodesh service at the Western Wall. Members have been arrested in the past for wearing prayer shawls be- cause of a law forbidding any practice that falls outside of the wall!s "local custom." In April, a judge determined that the group's activities did not contravene the law. Since then, none of the women has been arrested. That month, the Women of the Wall service saw thou- sands of Orthodox girls pack the plaza and a police bar- ricade enclosed Women of the Wall in the plaza's center, separate from a crowd of protesters. In June, a barricade en- closed the women into a space adjacent to the wall. Casspi to sign with Hous- ton Rockets, his third NBA team (JTA)--Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born player to join the NBA, reportedly has agreed to a two-year, $2 million contract with the Houston Rockets. Casspi, 25, who played the last two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, told the Cleveland Jewish News that he hoped to sign the contract this week. The 6-9 forward became an unrestricted agent earlier this month when the Cavs opted not to extend his $3.3 million contract. Casspi had seen his playing time diminish in Cleveland, where he averaged 4 points and 2.7 rebounds this season playing nearly 12 minutes a game. He had played two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, coming into the league with great fanfare in the Jew- ish community, before being traded to the Cavs. The Rockets have been interested in signing Casspi for a long time, according to Yahoo!Sports. Houston recently signed star center Dwight Howard, the most cov- eted free agent on the market. Last week a second Israeli, Gal Mekel, joined the NBA, Women of the Wall members praying July 8 at the Western ning of the Hebrew month of Av. Miriam A|ster/Flash90 Wall plaza to mark the begin- agreeing to a contract with logue and rejected the ancient Prime Minister BenjaminNe- the Dallas Mavericks. Me- ChristianstigmaagainstJews tanyahu. kel last month helped lead as the killers of Jesus. In interviews, Oren has Maccabi Haifa to the Israeli Two miracles usually are stressed improvements in the championship in an upset of required for canonization, defense relationship between Maccabi Tel Aviv. but Vatican spokesman the the two countries during Popes who pushed inter- Rev. Federico Lombardi said the two leaders' tenure while faith dialogue to be made it was the will of the current acknowledging differences saints pope, Francis, thatJohnXXIII in some areas, particularly (JTA)--Pope John Paul be made a saint without a regarding the intensity of II and Pope John XXIII, second miracle, pressure on Iran to make post-Holocaust pontiffs who Israel's U.S. envoy Oren to its nuclear program more played key roles in fostering leave post transparent. Catholic-Jewishdialogue, will WASHINGTON (JTA)-- In recent weeks, rumors be declaredsaints. Michael Oren, the Israeli have circulatedthatOrenwill The Vatican announced ambassador to Washington, be replaced by Ron Dermer, last Friday that the Polish- announced that he will be formerly a top aide to Ne- born Pope John Paul II, who leaving his post this fall. tanyahu. reigned from 1978 to 2005 "Israel and the United Israeli Cabinet advances and made bettering Catholic- States have always enjoyed proposal to draft haredi Jewishrelationsacornerstone a special relationship and, Orthodox men of his papacy, will be made a throughout these years of JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- saint after a second miracle challenge, I was privileged rael's Cabinet approved a bill was attributed to him in the to take part in forging even proposaltodraftthousandsof years since his death, firmer bonds," Oren said in a haredi Orthodox men into the Pope John XXIII, who statement sent to mediaand IsraelDefense Forces. reigned from 1958-1963, will posted on his Facebook page. The proposal for reforms to be canonized even though Oren, anativeofNewJersey Israel's military conscription only one miracle has been who made aliyah as a young law passed the Cabinet at its attributed to his intercession, man, laterbecameahistorian weekly meeting on Sunday John XXIII convened the and was named ambassador in a 14-4 vote. It moves to Second Vatican Council, in 2009, played a significant the Ministerial Committee which in 1965 issued the role in rebutting reports of a for Legislation for discussion NostraAetate declaration that strainedrelationshipbetween before going to the Knesset calledforJewish-Catholicdia- President Obama and Israeli floor. Under the proposal, some 1,800 yeshiva students would be exempt from the military draft and the haredi men could study in yeshiva until the age of 21 before being drafted. Conscription or a na- tional service requirement for Israeli Arabs was not included in the bill proposal. A four-year "adjustment period" would allow haredi yeshiva students to come into compliance. Ancient cave found during work on West Bank security fence JERUSALEM (JTA)--A million-year-old cave was discovered in the West Bank during work to move the security fence nearer the settlement of Tzofim. The cave, with deep caverns and large rooms filled with stalactites and stalagmites, was discovered last weekend, Yediot Achronot reported. Tzofim, near central Is- rael, is surrounded on one side by Kfar Saba and on the other by the Palestinian city of Kalkilya. Along with moving the fence closer to the com- munity, the work also was being done to create better traffic patterns for the Israeli and Palestinian vehicles that share the roads. The construction was stopped after the discovery of the cave to allow for geo- logical testing. Ahmadinejad calls Holo- caust denial major achieve- ment of his presidency (JTA)--Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahma- dinejad said during a farewell ceremony that publicizing his Holocaust denial was a major achievement of his presidency. "Thatwas a taboo topic that no one in the West allowed to be heard,"Ahmadinejad said in a speech Sunday, according to the Iranian Fars news agency. "We put it forward at the global level. That broke the spine of the Western capitalist regime ." Roundup on page 15A