Sadly, we ended the week on some news that shook me to the core. Scooby is dead. Scooby’s creator, Joe Ruby, died this week at the age of 87. Ruby, who was bar-mitzvah’d at the age of 39, left an indelible mark on our childhood and adult lives, or at least on mine. While there are subtle Jewish references throughout the comic and animated series, I will always remember the whimsical great dane as the super sleuth dog, saving the day by solving great mysteries. I recall also, with much warmth and humor, sitting around my brother’s back yard and having a “Scooby-doo” contest, where each of us would do our best to mimic Scooby’s iconic cry (I won, hands down!). Rest in peace Scooby and Joe, your legend will live on in our hearts and minds (and the new movie will be streaming in October).
Now, to the rest of the Jew news, what you have all been waiting for:
– “Night far deer gedacht” (“it shouldn’t happen to you”) – A funny essay from the makers of “Mr. President” tv show about the Trump presidency, where you really can’t make this shit up.
– Florida Jews sticking with Trump?!! WTF? While about 80% of us feel differently, there are always those on the fringes of sanity that drink bad kool-aide. Try not to barf if you have the nerve to read this. It’s the usual blubber about supporting Israel, and regurgitating Fox news propaganda.
– Why is George Soros the “boogey man” of the right? I have always wondered what the hell this guy did to attract so many haters. Read about it here.
– The McCloskey bully article repeated here – Gee, another horrible representation of the good ole US of A, featured of course, at the Republican National Convention.
– A Forward editor decides to leave Journalism for another shrinking profession: becoming a Rabbi! His motives: “I love Jews, I love learning, and I want to use what I learn to serve the community I love”. Mazel tov to you Aiden Pink.
– The biggest, queerest wedding ever, and you’re invited! It’s today, via facebook. A weird but interesting love story.
– 18 questions about God that you were afraid to ask, answered in a new book by Abigail Pogrebin, followed by an interview with the author – I can’t help but remember the old Woody Allen joke, “not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends!”
That’s all for now.
And hey, let’s be careful out there.
Brad out. https://assets.forward.com/pdfs/ShabbatNL-082820.pdf