Is this the cultural moment of the hot priest?

Fleabag had the hot priest, Grantchester has its sleuthing vicar and even HBOs Young Pope sequel is returning soon but why are we so infatuated with them? Are we living in the cultural moment of the hot priest? my editor asked. I wanted an assignment, and for my sins she gave me one. Theres the one on Fleabag, she said. And the an Irish priest (Andrew Scott) whose vow of celibacy is temporarily compromised by Fleabag. He, in turn, punctures Fleabags cynical shell. Then theres Sidney Chambers (James Norton). Chambers rides a bicycle around the bucolic postwar English countryside, getting mixed up in intrigue while battling his own demons, including combat PTSD. Since Chambers isnt sworn to celibacy, he also …

For Some Jews, Yiddish History Is Sanctuary. For Others, Its Dangerous.

If you ask, Alex Weiser smiles and says its definitely a coincidence: When he planned the release party for his debut Yiddish-themed album win an election against, well, some odds, Weiser orchestrated a night of live music to introduce the world to his latest work. Some of the performance was his own creation and some hed brought in from the archives of a blog about the album. I think that people don't understand Jewish identity, Weiser told me last week when we spoke in his office at YIVO, one of five organizations making up New York Citys iconic Jewish dishes and likewise Zohar Weiman-Kelman, an assistant professor at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Hebrew wasnt necessarily …