Monday, June 17, 2024

A Joke to Start the Week - "Justice System"

It's another Monday and time for another Joke to Start the Week. This week we're posting another joke from Dr. Jay Orlikoff, a retired dentist from Centereach, New York, a community on Long Island in Suffolk County.

After a distinguished and meritorious dental career, he is shifting his focus to telling and posting jokes on YouTube. We were fortunate to find some of his jokes and we're sharing one of the family-friendly ones with you today. 

Here's the setup: A really rude, nasty woman steals a can of peaches from a supermarket and she sneaks out of the store with it. A cop had observed her and he said "I saw what you did." And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Tumbalalaika Around the World: As Sung by The San Francisco Yiddish Combo at East Bay Jewish Music Festival

The Yiddish folk love song Tumbalalaika originated in Eastern Europe in the 19th century, but its exact origin is hard to pinpoint. That hasn't prevented it from being sung and played over and over, not only in places where Yiddish songs are sung, but just about everywhere in the world, in vocal and instrumental versions, in cabarets and in the movies.

Just as we have followed the songs Hava Nagila, Adon Olam, Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, and Abanibi as they took different forms as interpreted by a wide variety of singers, musicians, and dancers, we're continuing the series today that we started back in 2012, sharing our 24th version of this universal courting and love song.

The San Francisco Yiddish Combo was formed by accident when a love of Klezmer music collided with their collective backgrounds in every genre except Klezmer. Now they have embarked on a journey around the world to present their own unique blend of everything that is Klezmer, mixed with years of experience in the jazz, blues, folk, and even hip hop world. This group performs Klezmer for the 21st century! Made up of classically trained musicians who enjoy stretching musical boundaries, the SFYC is led by cellist Rebecca Roudman who has fronted groups all over the world bringing her virtuosic and fiery playing to stages from China to Italy and beyond.

Enjoy!

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English Translation: 

A young lad stands, and he thinks 

Thinks and thinks the whole night through 

Whom to take and not to shame 

Whom to take and not to shame

 

Tumbala, Tumbala, Tumbalalaika 

Tumbala, Tumbala, Tumbalalaika 

Tumbalalaika, strum balalaika 

Tumbalalaika, may we be happy

 

Girl, girl, I want to ask of you 

What can grow, grow without rain? 

What can burn and never end? 

What can yearn, cry without tears? 

 

Foolish lad, why do you have to ask? 

A stone can grow, grow without rain 

Love can burn and never end 

A heart can yearn, cry without tears

Friday, June 14, 2024

Welcoming Shabbat with Adon Olam Sung to Les Miserables "One Day More"

With the Shavuot holiday in our rear view mirror, we're getting ready to go back to shul for Shabbat, which starts tonight.

Today we're sharing a new version of Adon Olam by Cantor Arik Luck of San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El.

It's based on the song One Day More, from the Broadway musical and film Les Miserables.

Cantor Luck is a member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), was a founding member and former president of the Reform Cantors of Chicago (RCC), holds a Masters Degree of Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and was ordained as a cantor by HUC-JIR DFSSM in 2009. 

Cantor Luck is a recording artist and you can listen to his release, Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Shavuot Starts Tonight.....Are You Ready for a Cheesy Holiday? Rabbi Paul Lewin Tells Us Why

Shavuot is the most important Jewish holiday most people have never heard of. One of the three pilgrimage festivals, it doesn't get the attention given to Passover and Sukkot. But it does celebrate the giving and receiving of the Torah. So where are all the songs, jokes, comedy skits and music videos that we share on the other holidays?

They're mostly not there with a few exceptions, including one of our favorites, Mel Brooks as Moses showing us why we have only ten commandments and not fifteen.

From all night lectures and study sessions to mountains of cheese and cheesecake, from Jewish film screenings, decorating our homes with greenery, reading the Book of Ruth, and yoga at dawn, Shavuot finds incredible ways to celebrate receiving the Torah.

But are you ready to eat the four foods commonly served on Shavuot? Rabbi Paul Lewin of Australia's North Shore Synagogue explains what they are and why they are eaten on Shavuot. But why did he not include cheesecake?

Outside of Eretz Yisrael we celebrate two days of Shavuot. We will be observing them tomorrow and Thursday, so there will be no Jewish Humor Central posts on those days. We'll be back on Friday with our usual mix.

We wish you a Chag Shavuot Sameach!

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