Monday, March 30, 2020

A Joke to Start the Week - "It's Never Too Late"


It's another Monday, and time for another Joke to Start the Week. This week we're sharing a joke that we found on Vimeo, told by David Shtulman.

Here's the setup: A man goes to a doctor for a regular checkup, and the doctor says to him afterwards "You know, for a 65 year old man, you're in remarkable health." And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Tom Lehrer on the Perils of Ignoring Social Distancing


This short, humorous ditty was written and performed by Tom Lehrer in 1953. Although it doesn't mention the disease that was transmitted back then, he could have written it today about the coronavirus.

For some of our younger readers who may not know who Tom Lehrer is, he's a 91-year-old retired American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater. 

He is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and '60s. His work often parodies popular song forms, though he usually creates original melodies when doing so.

Enjoy!

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(A tip of the kippah to Dan Mosenkis for reminding us about this 1953 classic.)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Welcoming Shabbat with Yedid Nefesh from Beth Shalom in Sacramento


This week we welcome Shabbat with Yedid Nefesh played on an oud by Jeff Swatt from Congregation Beth Shalom in Sacramento, California.

The oud is a short-neck lute-type, pear-shaped stringed instrument with 11 or 13 strings grouped in 5 or 6 courses, commonly used predominantly in the music of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries.

Congregation Beth Shalom celebrated its 40th anniversary on February 15, 2014. The congregation was formed in 1973 and 40 years later is still a thriving home to many in Sacramento's Jewish community.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom! 

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

What's Worse? Coronavirus or Distance Learning? An Israeli Mom Speaks Out


The coronavirus pandemic has brought stress and anxiety to people all over the world. But clouds can sometimes have a silver lining, and one of the positive developments in this time of isolation and quarantine is the emergence of distance learning.

With millions of children taking lessons at home on a computer, tablet, or smart phone, you would think this is a positive development, with children being able to share their lessons with parents at home.

But there can be unintended consequenses. The rant of an Israeli mother about the chaos that distance learning has inflicted on her household has been circulating around the Internet and praised by parents everywhere for expressing their love-hate relationship with this innovative technology.

Enjoy!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Coronavirus Lament: Nobody Comes to the Minyan No More



Getting a quorum of ten every day for early morning or evening services has always been a problem and a subject for discussion in too many synagogues.  Since most shuls have been closed until the coronavirus crisis passes, the situation is affecting many more worshippers.

Now we have a song to add a humorous musical dimension to this unfortunate situation. It's Country Yossi's 2011 song Nobody Comes to the Minyan No More, a parody of Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), one of Harry Belafonte's most popular calypso songs in the 1950's.  

It was written by Joseph Toiv, known professionally as Country Yossi, an American Orthodox Jewish composer, singer, radio show host, author, and magazine publisher. A pioneering composer and singer in the Jewish music genre, Toiv has to his credit three albums as a member of the group Or Chodosh ("New Light") circa 1971–73, seven albums under the name Country Yossi and the Shteeble Hoppers, and a series of six albums for children called Kivi and Tuki. He also released "Country Yossi's Classic Calls" a humorous collection of actual on-air phone calls to his radio show.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Haredi Comedy: Disturbing Daveners


Did you know that there is Jewish humor even in the solemn study halls in Haredi yeshivot? Yes, even the most serious students find room for fun, as we can see in this funny short called Disturbing Daveners.

Davening, or prayer, is supposed to be an intense encounter with God, but there are times when the fervor can overwhelm a person to the point where he loses touch with the world and the people around him.

The disturbing daveners include the Head Banger, Shtender Stealer, and Talis Eye Gouger.

This short film is a product of the Yeshiva of Waterbury in Connecticut, which has a group of amateur filmmakers who bring humor into their lives and share it on YouTube.

Enjoy!

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Monday, March 23, 2020

A Joke to Start the Week - "The Shvitz"


It's another Monday, and it's time for another joke to start the week. Here comes another one from Toronto's Jewish Folks Telling Jokes, a night of comedy to benefit Jewish Family and Child, one of the foremost Jewish service agencies in North America. 
 
We previously posted a few jokes that were told at the event, a Canadian contribution to the world of Jewish humor, probably inspired by the off-Broadway show Old Jews Telling Jokes, still touring around the USA.
 
Here's another one, told by Sender Herschorn.

Here's the setup: Two successful businessmen are in the shvitz at the club. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hevenu Shalom Aleichem Around the World - Derbouka Version by Mehdi Ryan in Jerusalem



Hevenu Shalom Aleichem is such a popular Hebrew song that it's sung all over the world. Over the years we've shared videos of it being performed in Indonesia, by Mayan children in Guatemala, and in a Korean musical stage show. Among the 16 versions that we've posted you'll find it in France, India, and in an Irish pub in Phoenix.

And of course, it's still performed all over Israel. Today we're bringing you a version by Algerian musician Mehdi Ryan, a master of the derbouka.  
The derbouka is a single head membranophone with a goblet shaped body used mostly in Egypt, also in parts of the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Mehdi Ryan, at just 26 years old, is a prodigious young musician. A very talented percussionist specializing in Derbouka, he discovered the derbouka at the age of 5 and made it his favorite instrument. Here he is playing Hevenu Shalom Aleichem at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, a school for the music and the performing arts in Jerusalem. It is located on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Enjoy!

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Welcoming Shabbat with Adon Olam by Harkham Hillel Academy of California


Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy is an independent Jewish Zionist Orthodox Day School in Beverly Hills, California. It consists of an Early Childhood department, an Elementary division and a Middle School division. 

The students of the academy are involved in a project to bring the siddur online, with video renditions of parts of the Shacharit service. Today we're sharing their version of Adon Olam as our way of joining K'lal Yisrael in welcoming the Shabbat.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Rodney Dangerfield Cracks Up Johnny Carson Again


It's another Throwback Thursday and we're sharing a very funny episode because they say laughter is the best medicine.

Until they can find an effective vaccine for the coronavirus it's the best medicine we can recommend to get us through this crisis.

Today we're taking you back 46 years to 1974 when Rodney Dangerfield made one of his hilarious appearances on the Johnny Carson Show.

In this 12 minute episode he delivers a few minutes of standup comedy and shares lots of laughs with Carson.

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday    #TBT