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Parashat Pinchas (June 29, 2013)
by Sherry Nehmer

IN THE TIMES the other day there was an article about how the phenomenon of the “Real Housewives” franchise has spread to other countries, resulting in the shows “The Real Housewives of Canada,” “Real Housewives of Greece” and “Real Housewives of Israel,” among other new locations. The article notes that while the Canadians were “slightly more polite” and the Athenian matrons more obsessed with clothing than their Orange County, New Jersey or New York counterparts, the Israeli women as a whole were more intense, more obsessed with opulence and more opinionated than other “Housewives” around the globe. “What? I’m going to give Iranians a living?” one exclaims, when offered a high-end piece of marble for her countertops. “So they can build a nuclear weapon and drop a bomb on me? I don’t want it!”

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