Posts Tagged ‘Susan Silverman’

Sarah Silverman Dad Gets Tuchus Tattoo

February 23, 2014

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

1507694_10152162777380660_1718642378_nLike father, like daughter when it comes to doing things for shock value in the Silverman family. This time, it’s not raunchy and outspoken comedian Sarah Silverman who is in the spotlight. Instead, it’s all eyes on her father Donald Silverman…or more precisely, on his ass.

That is where (if he lets you) you’ll get a glimpse of a new tattoo he got as a Valentine’s Day present for his wife, Janice. It’s also a birthday present, since her birthday happens to be on February 14.

As tuchus tattoos go, it is quite sweet. “Janice” appears on a ribbon spread out across a heart and flower. Fortunately, Silverman, 76, stayed away from the more complex designs by tattoo artist Jason Holley at Big Kahuna Tattoo & Piercing in Boca Raton, Florida.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

The Rabbis Who Steam Up The Pulpit

December 31, 2013

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Jewrotica Sexiest Rabbis Graphic

Upon hearing that he had been named to Jewrotica’s “Sexiest Rabbis of 2013” list, the first thing Rabbi Josh Yuter wondered was whether this would help or hurt his shidduch chances.

“I’m sexy and I didn’t know it,” Yuter joked after being informed by The Times of Israel that his name was on the list. The young Orthodox rabbi of New York’s Stanton Street Shul and YUtopia blogger and podcaster had no idea he had been one of the more than 150 rabbis worldwide nominated on the basis of their hotness.

Nonetheless, he’s pleased to be recognized in this way. “When the titles of ‘most knowledgeable’ and ‘most respected’ are filled, you take what you can get,” he said.

Yuter is not the only member of the list to take the honor with good humor. The Times of Israel spoke to six of the 10 rabbis on the list, and they all understood that they were being noted not necessarily for their physical attributes, but rather for the criteria Jewrotica set out in the nomination process.

The online hub for Jewish sexuality sought rabbis with a killer combination of smarts, action and badassery (“the quality of being unique and not afraid to speak your mind or live life your own way”).

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Sarah Silverman, Be My BFF

June 27, 2011

This post first appeared as “That’s Chutzpah: Fan Scores Meeting with Sarah Silverman in Israel” on The Shmooze blog of the Forward.

Molly Livingstone's souvenir photo of her meeting Sarah Silverman

These days, all you need is a little chutzpah and some social networking to make your dreams come true. At least, that is all American-Israeli Molly Livingstone needed to achieve her goal of meeting Sarah Silverman on the comedienne’s first trip to Israel.

The 28-year-old Los Angeles native, who lives in Jerusalem and does improvisational and sketch comedy with the HaHafuch troupe, has long admired Silverman. “I’ve been a fan of Sarah Silverman since I first found out about her. She’s a successful Jewish-American woman comedian and, and that’s something special. I am fascinated by her. She pushes all the buttons and is a very smart person,” Livingstone said.

So, Livingstone wrote a post on her blog, The Big Felafel, titled “Be My BFF Campaign: Sarah Silverman Be My Friend,” in which she comically declared her admiration for Silverman and listed several compelling reasons why the performer should agree to meet her. First on the list: “We are both Jewish (I only use this as a reason, because people think when they are setting people up, as long as they have one thing in common, like age, race or religion, that they must be perfect for each other…just trying to cover my bases. And this is kind of like the perfect shidduch).”

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.