Jonathan Jackson Thanks God In His Daytime Emmy Acceptance Speech

Actor Jonathan Jackson, who has played Lucky Spencer (son of Luke and Laura!) on the soap General Hospital since he was a kid, won the Best Supporting Actor trophy at the Daytime Emmys on Saturday night. Although he won in the same category last year, Jonathan seemed giddy and excited. A devout Greek Orthodox Christian, he also took the opportunity to thank G-d in his acceptance speech. "First of all, I have to give glory and honor to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit," he said at the beginning … [Read more...]

Mad Men Introduces Hare Krishnas, Entire World Makes ‘Harry Krishna’ Joke

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Last night, Mad Men took a break from exploring Judaism to introduce another religion. In a nice surprise, we finally got to see Paul Kinsey, who left the show after season three when he wasn't brought along to the newly formed Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Turns out Paul has been busy: he joined the Hare Krishnas. He has shaved his head, wears traditional dress, and chants. And now he wants to hang out with his old friend Harry Crane,I never loved Paul, but it was nice to see that people … [Read more...]

When Mad Men Met Manischewitz

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Okay, that's it. If Mad Men keeps getting Jewy I am going to have to come up with some kind of cute name for a feature here, because I am seriously writing about the show every week.This week in Mad Men Jewiness: Roger tried to sign an account from a Jewish-owned wine company who is trying to go mainstream. That wine company would be Manischewitz, and Roger enlists the help of the two Jews he knows: his soon-to-be-ex-wife Jane (to come to the client dinner) and copywriter Michael Ginsburg … [Read more...]

‘Mad Men’ Invokes a Jewy Sylvia Plath Poem

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Last night's episode was titled "Lady Lazarus," which fellow lit nerds will recognize as the title of a famous Sylvia Plath poem. Several of the characters' lives had moments that seemed reminiscent of Plath's own, including a small but meaningful turn by Alexis "Rory Gilmore" Bledel (pictured) as a depressed suburban wife who quietly tolerates her husband's cheating. "Lady Lazarus" is full of religious symbolism - Lazarus rose from the dead, if you'll remember - and also references to the … [Read more...]

Michael Ginsburg Isn’t the Only Jew on ‘Mad Men’

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A few weeks ago, Mad Men added its first Jewish regular character, Michael Ginsburg, played by Ben Feldman. Ginsburg is joining Peggy as a member of the creative team, and we're slowly learning about his backstory. This week, he told Peggy that he had been born in a concentration camp to a woman who eventually died, and that he was raised in a Swedish orphanage until adopted by his father. But Ginsburg turns out not to be the only Jew on the show - last night's episode featured two more … [Read more...]

From ‘Game of Thrones’ to Ancient Hebrew Scholarship

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Jack Gleeson wears two hats: by night, he plays Prince Joffrey on HBO's hit show Game of Thrones, and by day he's an undergraduate at Dublin's Trinity College. Gleeson is majoring in theology and philosophy. Yesterday, Trinity announced that Gleeson was among the roughly 100 students chosen as "scholars." Among his future plans? Not acting. Gleeson has said that he might do some amateur local theater, but his heart is in scholarship. "I'd like to be an academic, a philosophy lecturer if … [Read more...]

‘Mad Men’ Just Got Way More Jewish

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I love Mad Men, and I like the way that the first two episodes of the new season have the characters reacting to the massive changes taking place in the world around them. This week's episode, "Tea Leaves," featured two new characters: a black female secretary and a male Jewish copywriter.The copywriter, Michael Ginsberg (played by Ben Feldman), comes from a working class family and asks Peggy to please be proud of him because no one else in his life is proud of him. When he goes home that … [Read more...]


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