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Orthodox provocateur arrested, Jewish economist wins Nobel, Gal Gadot to play Cleopatra
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Orthodox provocateur arrested, Jewish economist wins Nobel, Gal Gadot to play Cleopatra

Gal Gadot, seen here at a Paris Fashion Week event in 2019, will play Cleopatra in an upcoming Paramount film. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Dior)
Gal Gadot, seen here at a Paris Fashion Week event in 2019, will play Cleopatra in an upcoming Paramount film. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Dior)

Join the Jewish Week and UJA-Federation of New York tomorrow, 12:30 pm, for a conversation with A.B. Yehoshua, one of Israel’s finest novelists, and Stuart Schoffman, the translator of Yehoshua’s new novel, “The Tunnel.” Moderated by Sandee Brawarsky, culture editor of The Jewish Week. Free to UJA donors, $18 for new donors. Register here.

For a preview, read Brawarsky’s interview with Yehoshua and Schoffman here.

An angry Orthodox Jewish mob gathered outside the Brooklyn home of an Orthodox journalist Sunday night after police arrested Heshy Tischler, the man who led protests against Covid-19 restrictions there last week, for inciting a previous riot.

The NYPD announced Sunday night that it had taken Tischler into custody and that he had been charged with “inciting to riot and unlawful imprisonment in connection with an assault of a journalist.” Late Sunday, following Tischler’s arrest, crowds formed outside the Borough Park apartment building of Jacob Kornbluh, a reporter for Jewish Insider, calling him a “traitor.” Last Wednesday, at a protest instigated by Tischler, Kornbluh had been surrounded and beaten by a similar mob.

Tischler, a talk radio host and flamboyant local activist, has emerged as a leader for those in Borough Park who feel that Orthodox Jewish communities are being unfairly singled out in the city’s pandemic response.

Two major Jewish umbrella groups and over 450 rabbis issued statements condemning the sometimes violent protests over Covid-19 restrictions by Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.

The New York Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York issued statements before the weekend criticizing the protests and urging people to follow public health advice. Rabbis from across the religious spectrum signed on to a statement by the liberal New York Jewish Agenda backing measures by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Related: On Friday, a federal district judge rejected a lawsuit by Agudath Israel of America seeking to blocking Cuomo’s executive order, saying similar restrictions earlier in the pandemic demonstrated that the damage claimed by the suit was not “irreparable.”

Perspective: Rabbi Jeremy Rosen, of the the Persian Jewish Center of Manhattan, asserts in an essay that in Israel and America, “Certain sections of the Charedi world have got away for too long with [their] defensive isolationism.”

Tens of thousands of Israelis demonstrated against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in hundreds of sites across Israel on Saturday night, renewing a movement that had been halted by a sharp second wave of the coronavirus.

The protesters decried Netanyahu’s botched coronavirus pandemic response, his handling of the economy and his alleged involvement in multiple corruption scandals. Hundreds were able to gather in Tel Aviv, including many in Rabin Square and Habima Square.

MeanwhileIsrael’s health ministry will recommend a four-month plan to exit the current Covid-19 lockdown. The exit strategy will involve nine stages that will likely take until February 2021, Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Saturday.

Perspective: A resident of Kiryat Yearim, a small charedi Orthodox town 15 minutes outside of Jerusalem, writes how her neighbors contained the Covid-19 outbreak by taking it seriously.

Comedian Billy Crystal and Republican activist Bill Kristol joined in an ad this week endorsing Joe Biden.

The 30-second Jewish Democratic Council of America ad will feature online in swing states where Jewish voters could make the difference. Crystal notes he is a Democrat, Kristol says he remains a Republican.

Rep. Max Rose, the Staten Island Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Nicole Malliotakis, have been attacking Mayor de Blasio in a series of campaign ads. 

In one of New York City’s only swing districts, Rose, who is Jewish and an Army veteran, is playing to the center after flipping the district in 2018. Malliotakis, who was first elected to the state Assembly in 2010, is backed by President Trump, but she hasn’t always supported him.

The Daily News breaks down the race here.

Paul R. Milgrom, a Jewish American, shared with Robert B. Wilson the Nobel Prize in economics on Monday.

Milgrom, originally from Detroit, and Wilson were cited for “improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.

The Israeli actress Gal Gadot will star in a blockbuster film about the Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

The Israeli star will work on the film alongside “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, Deadline first reported. The announcement led to gripes on social media that an Arab actress should have been cast as the 1st century BCE Egyptian queen, although others pointed out that Cleopatra traced her family origins to Macedonian Greece.

Streaming Today

American Friends of Combatants for Peace presents Nizar Farsakh, a member of the Palestinian negotiating team advising senior Palestinian leaders, and Galia Golan, PhD, a leading Israeli peace activist and scholar, for a webinar discussing “The Israel-UAE-Bahrain Deal: How Will It Impact Israel, Palestine and the American Elections?” 1:00 pm.

Commonpoint Queens presents literary critic Adam Kirsch in an exploration of  the response of Jews to the profound changes of the 20th century. From Franz Kafka to Philip Roth, Primo Levi to Yehuda Amichai to Tony Kushner, Kirsch — a writer for The New Yorker and Tablet — argues that during this transformative period, literature offered Jews a new way to think about what it means to be Jewish in the modern world. This virtual event is part of the Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Speaker Series. Cost is $8 member / $10 non-member. Register here. 12:00 pm.

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