Back, by popular demand!
Debunked strange notions people have
about Judaism, Hebrew and Israel.
ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSISTANT EDITOR
wring a recent visit to Israel's capital city, Tel
the Arab-Israeli conflict, in fact Mr. Jones found an accept-
Aviv, Robert Jones, who is half Jewish,
able restaurant. Or so he thought. Just as he went to open
stopped for lunch at a new deli that offered
the door, Mr. Jones saw the place offered caviar! Gasp! And
kosher-style food. He considered it for a mo-
to think he thought it was kosher!
ment, but then decided he was in the mood for some really
Tel Aviv, Israel's capital?
kosher, or glatt kosher, edibles. He turned and left.
Somebody is half-Jewish?
As he continued his journey, Mr. Jones stopped to buy
A mitzvah is a good deed?
Girl Scout cookies, impressing everyone with his mitzvah,
Wrong, on all three counts.
or good deed. But of course, that's what the Old Testament
These are just a few of the mistaken notions people hold
directs him to do.
Finally, after what seemed hundreds of years as long as
about Judaism. Now, local experts debunk those myths and