Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Strange New Fruits Appear in Markets for Rosh Hashanah

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Dragon Fruit


It's customary to have a new fruit on the table when we make the Shehecheyanu blessing on the second night of Rosh Hashanah. We remember when that meant figs or dates that we hadn't eaten since the previous year. But times are changing, and it seems that each New Year brings strange new fruits to our supermarkets.
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Horned Melon
Today we visited a supermarket in Monsey, New York and found a vast display of fruits that are not seen all year, such as dragon fruit, cherimoya, horned melon, pepino melon, guanabana, star fruit, and rambutan. They command high prices and we suspect that they are grown just to be conversation pieces as families sit down for a Rosh Hashanah meal.
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Rambutan
The Yavneh Hebrew Academy of Los Angeles sent student reporter Gabi Wachtel to the local market to size up the displays of new fruit for the New Year. He checked out the individual fruits and tasted them with the help of a local expert. Then it was time to check out all the varieties of apples and honey. What new fruit will you be eating Wednesday evening?

Enjoy!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

A Joke to Start the Week - "Someone Stole My Bicycle"


This is Monday of a very special week, the week that includes Rosh Hashanah. So we searched for a joke to start the week that has special significance as we think about repentance.

The theme of today's joke focuses on the Ten Commandments, and how reciting them can sometimes lead to unexpected results.

Today's joke teller is Marvin Rachelefsky, a 65-year-old neurologist. Here's the setup for the joke:

In the South, where towns often coudn't support more than one congregation or one church, so the rabbi got together with the priest, and then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Green Eggs, No Ham" -- an Animated Dr. Seuss Parody for Rosh Hashanah


What happens when Allison Josephs, creator of Jew in the City (JITC) finds herself in a Dr. Seuss-like world with "Survivor" winner Ethan Zohn? "An animated story that uses the imamgery of the Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham. This one, however, is called Green Eggs, No Ham!

Unlike the original, where the main character is nudged to try the combination of Green Eggs and Ham, a combination that he resists through many attempts to get him to try it, in this parody Torah study is the object that he is asked in many ways to try.

After many entreaties and rejections, the character finally agrees to give Torah study a try. The animated drawings and text have a Seussian look and feel although the video is a parody and is not made or authorized by Dr. Seuss.

Josephs started the Jew in the City website to counter negative impressions of Orthodox Judaism, to break down stereotypes about religious Jews and offer a humorous, meaningful outlook into Orthodox Judaism.

Jew in the City is reshaping the way society views Orthodox Jews and Judaism through social media, corporate cultural diversity training seminars, lectures, and consulting services. The JITC team publicizes the message that Orthodox Jews can be funny, approachable, educated, pro-women and open-minded—and that Orthodox Judaism links the Jewish people to a deep and beautiful heritage that is just as relevant today as it ever was.

Enjoy!
 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Rosh Hashanah Greetings and Answers From Cute Kids in Delaware JCC


We're being indundated with new Internet videos relating to Rosh Hashanah, which arrives next Wednesday evening. They come in many forms -- original music videos, parodies of pop songs, and calls for reflection and self-improvement by rabbis and other serious Jews.

We've shared a few that we think are the most entertaining and still have a few more to go. But today we're sharing a video from another source that should be heard from -- preschool children. There's nothing like the answers these kids give to the basic questions you'd ask about the holiday. 

Here are the questions posed to the kids of the Early Childhood Center of the Delaware JCC and their cute and funny answers:

What is Rosh Hashanah?
What do you like to eat on Rosh Hashanah?
Why do we eat apples and honey?
What do you do on Rosh Hashanah?
Where is Israel?
What do you want to wish Israel for Rosh Hashanah?
What are your wishes for the New Year?
Can you sing us a song for Rosh Hashanah?

Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stand-up Comic Modi Gives a Hilarious Performance


Modi Rosenfeld, the stand-up Jewish comedian known simply as Modi, has been one of our favorites ever since we started Jewish Humor Central. 

A few months ago, he appeared at a Chabad event and left the audience laughing out loud at his description of airport security personnel reacting to him carrying a five-foot shofar through the airport. In the six minute video he also cites hilarious differences between Ashkenazim and Sefardim in synagogues and in social situations. 

We think it's a great way to approach the High Holiday season with a touch of humor, as Modi clearly points out to his audience. We only wish that the video were larger and clearer, but it was taken with a cell phone so we have to settle for a smaller picture. But the sound is good enough to give us a few laughs.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How Not to Get Stuck in "Rush" Hashanah Traffic - A Chabad Humor Video


What would you do if you were heading home on erev Rosh Hashana and got stuck in traffic behind a driver who actually fell asleep at the wheel at 19 minutes before sunset?

Chabad has produced a funny short video about just such a situation. In this video clip, the exasperated Hasidic driver honks his horn, yells out the window, tries to push the car out of the way, uses a microphone, a cymbal, and a guitar to rouse the sleeping driver. When none of these are successful, he reaches into his waistband and comes up with a solution (and a message) that's perfect for Rosh Hashanah.

The video was created by Jewish Educational Trade School (JETS), based in Granada Hills, California. The New Creative Arts Wing aims to teach Cinematography, Photography, Music, Theater, Dance and Art to the Jewish youth who attend the school.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Where Will You Eat Your Apples and Honey This Rosh Hashanah? - A Holiday Music Video From Israel21c


Apples and honey are likely to be seen at every dinner table next Wednesday night as Jews all over the world welcome the New Year 5775. But why should eating this delectable and symbolic dish be limited to dinner tables?

The folks at Israel21c, the online news magazine offering diverse and reliable information about 21st century Israel, have produced a video showing Israelis eating apples and honey in some of the most unlikely places.

The video takes us on a sweeping tour of Israel's beaches, streams, skies, markets, parks, playgrounds, climbing wall and Western Wall, where people are all partaking of the Rosh Hashanah custom.

Enjoy!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Joke to Start the Week - "Speeding Ticket"


It's another Monday and time for another joke to start the week. It never fails. Every Monday we get more page views than any other day of the week. OK, we get the message. You want more jokes, and we'll try to comply. Watch this space.

Today's joke teller is John Liebman, a 79-year-old lawyer who once chaired of the Presidents Export Council Subcommittee on Encryption and Export Administration. It's another joke from the files of Old Jews Telling Jokes.

Here's the setup: This gentleman is on his way to work very early, and he's on the interstate. Suddenly he looks in his rear view mirror and there's the red light telling him to pull over. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Canadian Students Struggle to Recognize Hebrew Language, But Finally Send Rosh Hashanah Greetings


Heritage Inmoshun, a YouTube poster who is experimenting with student recognition of foreign languages, approached some Canadian students and asked them if they could recognize the language spoken in an audio clip.

The language was Hebrew. Did the students recognize it? They finally did, but only after guessing almost every other language. Only after being shown the written words did they finally guess that it was Hebrew, and the video ends with all of them saying Shana Tovah.

This is one in a series of similar interviews of students being exposed to unfamiliar languages. There are other videos of encounters with Dutch, German, and Biblical and Modern Hebrew. But we thought with ten days until Rosh Hashanah, you'd want to see this one.

Enjoy!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Residents of Los Angeles Jewish Home Demystify the Yiddish Language


The Los Angeles Jewish Home has been a great source for Jewish Humor Central over the last few years. We've shared a couple of their love stories on Valentines Days, advice from Yiddishe mamas on Mother's Day, and a series of jokes at other times.

Yesterday the Jewish Home released a new video called Yiddish - Part One (the second part will be released later this month) in which some of the residents laugh as they discuss the meanings of popular Yiddish words and expressions. They include mensch, zaftig, schmuck, plotz, schvitz, tuchus, and geshmak.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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