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Wrapped in a bodysuit!

Readers were agog at the “half naked” girl on last week’s SAJR cover.



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A number of Jewish Report readers registered their displeasure at the “half-naked” girl on the front page of the print edition last week.

Julia Lipnitskaia was

appropriately clothed

Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old Russian skating prodigy, took home Olympic gold with a routine set to John Williams’ Theme from Schindler’s List. Lipnitskaia skated in a red costume evoking the iconic “girl in the red coat,” who briefly appears in the movie Schindler’s List to enhance the pathos of a scene of liquidation of Krakow’s ghetto.

As is the case with all skaters, she wore a bodysuit (which can be clearly seen tucking over her boots) and was in no way inappropriately dressed.

This image is from a video of Lipnitskaia performing this routine at the 2014 European figure skating championships, which preceded the Sochi Olympics. “Schindler’s List on Ice”, as one member of the Twitterati called it, was, for some, another strange element in an already bizarre Olympics that has been plagued by malfunctioning snowflakes, toilet troubles and political unrest.

In the humble opinion of this scribe (who had no sight of the picture prior to the printed edition appearing), it was one of the nicest front-page pictures ever on the SAJR, sub editor Paul Maree’s title, “Poetry in motion” was perfect and it was by far the best world Jewish news picture.

Even if it did give some readers the shivers at first glance…

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  1. Gary Selikow

    Feb 26, 2014 at 8:02 am

    ‘How ridiculous-its ice skating gymnastics-sport-not pornogrpahy-this is the Iran/Hamas type of mentality that should not be appeased. their should be no place for such narrow minded bigots.

    Do not apologize to them and do not let it guide your policy on whyat to publish in future issues of SAJR’

  2. Gary Selikow

    Feb 26, 2014 at 8:03 am

    ‘all the pictures of men in football shorts didnt offend them-Genuine sexism that is’

  3. Janine

    Feb 26, 2014 at 10:41 am

    ‘I think it is absolutely incorrect for people to impose their religious viewpoints on anyone else and to limit what can be published in a non-Frum paper. This girl is beautiful, the story is awesome and if Frum Jews cannot control their animal impulses by looking at a girl in a less dressed state than a long skirt and wig, then they should not be going out in public, going on holiday, reading anything secular, they should just lock themselves away in a room where the outside world is shut out. I respect everyone’s choice of how observant to be, but I don’t respect an imposition of their sexual insecurities and worries about their reaction in a public, non-religious paper. Just my opinion.’

  4. Daniel

    Feb 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    ‘Its not my opinion or your opinion that counts. Its Hashem’s. And Hashem says that for a woman to dress in such a costume, and for men to view such a picture is absolutely forbidden.’

  5. Julian Pokroy

    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    ‘I think the cover picture is in no way inappropriate. It is a great cover . Well  done JR’

  6. Gitl

    Feb 27, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    It’s a beautiful cover, and she is a talented and lovely 15-yr old. It’s time that ‘religious’ men stopped blaming women for their own inability to keep their emotions in check. 


  7. Gary

    Feb 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    ‘Only a sick person could see that as sinful’

  8. bijou

    Mar 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    ‘loved your cover. beautiful girl properly dressed for a fabulous sport. well done JR.’

  9. Akiva

    Mar 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    ‘Daniel – where exactly did Hashem say this? Not you rrabbi, or an Artscrool book on your shelf – but Hashem. Where did Hasmen say this?’

  10. Joshua Grigst

    Mar 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    ‘I suppose it mst be hard to be one paper for the many schools of thout in our small community. I understand both sides but I agree you did the right thing. The questin is, if she wasnt wearing a bodysuit would you have published it?’

  11. Gary

    Mar 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    ‘Even if she want wearing a bodysuit, If she was in a bikini playing volleyball at the summer olympics, SAJS still has a right to publish it as SAJR is not a frum newspaper’

  12. Robbie

    Mar 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    ‘\”it was by far the best world Jewish news picture\”

    ok, clearly i am stupid…. how is this picture \”jewish\” news?  why is a picture of a nonjewish skater at a nonjewish event jewish news?

    or if the skater is jewish why it didn’t say so anywhere in the story?’

  13. Gary Selikow

    Mar 7, 2014 at 11:16 am

    ‘Because she was doing a holocaust relatyed theme-that IS Jewish news’

  14. Terressa

    Sep 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    ‘Yes that is right Gary, it was a holocaust theme and so it was very much Jewish related.  These people are so narrow minded and miss the big picture.’

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New York Times rebuked

Paper’s public editor rebukes The New York Times reporter for asking PhD candidate David McCleary, pic. ‘demeaning’ questions as he didn’t look Jewish





A reporter for the New York Times came under fire for asking a Jewish Ph.D. candidate “insulting and demeaning” questions for an article on the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement on college campuses across the US.

The questions that were asked of University of California, Berkeley candidate David McCleary, included whether he “looked Jewish” given his apparently non-Jewish sounding last name and whether he had had a barmitzvah.

NYT rebuked

RIGHT: The New York Times Editor weighs in on ‘demeaning’ questions to Jewish PhD student.

McCleary promptly wrote to the office of the New York Times’ public editor, whose job it is to respond to questions of the newspaper’s integrity.

He said he was “displeased” that his remarks were withheld from the ultimate publication of the story and that no Jewish student who supports the BDS movement on campuses was quoted.

McCleary’s complaint to the Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, who in the end agreed that such questioning was “unprofessional and unacceptable,” underlined the brouhaha around an article published by the newspaper last Saturday about the BDS movement and its consequences on college campuses.

Responding to Sullivan’s admission, McCleary told the Algemeiner: “While the Jewish litmus test I received was offensive, it isn’t nearly as offensive as the New York Times ignoring my voice and thousands like me who are Jewish students in favour of BDS for Israel.”

Piece didn’t provide evidence 

Critics of the story have argued that the piece itself did not provide much evidence to back the complaint of its headline, which states that the BDS issue “drives a wedge” between Jews and minority groups on campus.

“To make this into a ‘Minority vs Jewish’ question, without supplying evidence, is to distort the issue,” said David Nasaw, the Arthur M Schlesinger Junior professor of history at Graduate Centre, City University of New York.

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Unique baby names @ just $31k

Expectant parents who are struggling to find a unique name for their baby are in luck. JTA reports this Swiss company will do it for you, for just $31,000!





Expectant parents, if you’re paging through baby name pages looking for a unique name to no avail (have you checked ours yet?), you’re in luck. Erfolgswelle – a Swiss firm that specialises in naming babies – will happily volunteer its 32 person staff to spend 100 hours searching for unique, copyright-free names for your child.

All for the tune of $31,000, because who needs a college fund really? Squares, that’s who, and you’ll be damned if your kid becomes anything less than the uniquely-shaped polygon he or she was born to be.

But, writes Suzanne Samin on JTA’s KVELLER, “in all seriousness, I totally get wanting a special name for your kid. I just don’t get spending an arm and leg for it by contracting out a service like this one. But, to each his or her own, and if you’re really into the idea of hiring out a monolith to name your child, they’re offering to reimburse the full charge for the first couple to report their new baby name to the media within two weeks of receiving it.”

How cute is this? Not $31,000 – that’s for sure!

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Darth Zeder & a wonky knee

Special needs self-styled “passenger from hell” on ElAl couldn’t match his needs with his budget.





Will I fly ElAl again next time? Hell yeh! Not only were they great at what they do, they and came through with ‘flying’ colours!

In a recent BLOG BY ANT KATZ, SAJR Online’s editor asks: “What is it with SA Jewry and ElAl?” Ant says that “SA Jewry fall into the pro- or anti-ElAl camp,” and then proceeds to give an account of his own experience of flying with the airline last month.

In the blog entitled: “Facts, fun and fallacies about ElAl,” Katz says that it was “the hapstance of timing” that had resulted in his flying on the Airline. “As it happened, on the week I was travelling, ElAl offered the lowest price, most suitable times for me, and, what’s more, the only non-stop route which was important as embarking and disembarking was going to be difficult for me at the time.

Passenger from hell

“You see,” says Ant Katz, “on this trip, I was the customer from hell! I was a special-needs passenger who could not match his needs with his budget. I needed wheelchair assistance to board and disembark, a seat with extra legroom and a 110 or 220v electric plug” at his seat.

“Suffice it to say, in a very Jewish and/or Israeli way, one way or another, my needs were met completely, against ElAl policies and despite all the naysayers” in the community, blogs Ant. “Here’s the thing… the one simple fact: In so many ways, ElAl was incredible.”

He proceeds to share his tale about ElAl policies being the most stringent he has ever encountered, and accuses the ‘serial complainers’ in the community of having “groomed” him to expect otherwise.

As it turned out, ElAl moved heaven and earth to accommodate him – even sending a technical team to modify a plane close to midnight at Ben Gurion airport. 


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