Wonder Woman, Miss Israel and Joan Nathan Make Headlines


‘Wonder Woman’ Continues to Make Headlines

Not only was Gal Gadot named GQ’s Woman of the Year, but the Israeli actress, who rocketed to fame in Wonder Woman, is flexing her muscle by reportedly refusing to star in the sequel unless Warner Bros. dumps embattled producer Brett Ratner, Vox.com reported.

Several women have claimed that Ratner sexually assaulted them.

In October, Gadot declined to attend a dinner honoring Ratner where she was supposed to present an award to him.

Miss Israel, Miss Iraq Share Instagram Pose

Adar Gandelsman, who is Miss Israel, and Miss Iraq Sarah Idan posed together on Instagram during the Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, JTA reported. Each posted the photo to their separate Instagram accounts.

Idan’s caption said, “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel,” while Gandelsman’s account said, “Get to know, this is Miss Iraq and she’s amazing.”

Both women competed in Las Vegas on Nov. 26 at the Miss Universe competition.


Middle Eastern countries haven’t always appreciated such displays.

In 2015, Miss Lebanon Saly Greige was criticized for appearing in a photo that included Miss Israel Doron Matalon. And earlier this year, then-Miss Lebanon Amanda Hanna had her title removed after government officials learned she had visited Israel; Lebanese citizens are prohibited by law to visit Israel.

Marijuana-laced Matzoh Balls Create Stir

Joan Nathan, the so-called Julia Child of Jewish cuisine, raised eyebrows when she infused matzoh balls with marijuana in a cooking demonstration for Viceland’s Bong Appétit program, the New York Post reported.

“It’s supposed to be lighthearted,” said Nathan, who said she’s never smoked marijuana, although she ate it twice. “I don’t think [a little marijuana is] crazy.”

The recipe drew mixed reviews.

“It is a bit sacrilegious,” New Jersey professional chef Sarah Lasry said. “Sabbath is such a high to begin with. … There’s no need to infuse anything with weed.”

“I’m totally into it,” actress Fran Drescher (The Nanny) said. “I’m a big believer [that] cannabis can help every individual.”

Israeli Researchers Tout Poultry Poop as Fuel

Treated poultry excrement converted to combustible solid biomass fuel could replace about 10 percent of the coal used to generate electricity, according to researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

“Environmentally safe disposal of poultry excrement has become a significant problem,” the researchers wrote. “Converting poultry waste to solid fuel, a less resource-intensive, renewable energy source, is an environmentally superior alternative that also reduces reliance on fossil fuels.”


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