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Jewish drama is unlikely hit

THERE is no word for “ghetto” in Mandarin and most Chinese are unaware of the fate that befell European Jewry in the Second World War.

So perhaps that’s why Yehoshua Sobol’s production of his award-winning Ghetto is proving such a hit in Beijing.

It tells the story of the Vilna Ghetto theatre that, against all the odds, operated in 1942 and 1943 — until the Nazis liquidated the ghetto, together with its Jews.

Because there is no word for ghetto, the drama is called The Besieged Jewish City in Mandarin.

It is reported as telling “with humour about the Jews’ stubborn hope and courage in the face of daily and arbitrary peril”.

Humour? Hardly the right word when 300,000 Jews were murdered.


They’re hit housemates

MOST of the 15 people who entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in Jerusalem on Saturday evening could hardly be classified as famous.

But two of them have fascinated Israelis.

One is Orly Revivi — best known as “Aleph”, the main accuser against former president Moshe Katsav, who in 2011 was sentenced to prison for rape.

And the other is Hisham Suleiman, who won fame around the globe for his role in the first season of TV drama Fauda as Taufiq, a Hamas terrorist.

To be sure of becoming a hit, perhaps they should also have invited disgraced politician George Galloway to reprise his cat impersonation from the British version of the show.


A taste of Shabbat

APPARENTLY Jews can save the world. But not in the ways readers would think.

According to Micah Streiffer’s piece on forward.com, we can save the world by becoming vegetarians. The rabbi confessed that he turned vegetarian because of his Jewish values and abhorrence to cruelty to animals.

As appetising as a stuffed pepper sounds on the Shabbat table, to be honest, we’d rather stick to chopped liver and roast chicken.

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