Friday, May 18, 2018

What a Weekend! Shabbat and Shavuot Back to Back


It's going to be a busy weekend. Tonight we welcome Shabbat as we do every week. But Saturday night marks the beginning of the holiday of Shavuot, one of the three pilgrimage festivals that brought our ancestors to the Temple in Jerusalem each year.

As it happens, we're in Jerusalem this week, and we'll be spending all night Saturday night attending lectures on Torah topics and partaking of the traditional cheesecake and blintzes (Yum!).

Shavuot doesn't get much respect (as comedian Rodney Dangerfield might have said) outside of Israel, probably because it doesn't have the vivid symbols and popular songs that we see and hear on Passover and Sukkot. But in Israel, all night learning is a big deal. The Jerusalem municipality publishes a map and list of lectures to help residents and visitors find their way to all the synagogues that are open all night.

It is a very significant holiday, after all. Today we're sharing a video by Rabbi Eve Posen of Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland, Oregon. With the down-to-earth title of "What the heck is Shavuot," she gives a clear explanation of its importance and customs.

We'll be observing Shavuot on Sunday here in Israel while folks in other countries extend the holiday through Monday. We'll be back on Tuesday with our usual mix, focusing more on humor than we have in the last few days.  Enjoy, Shabbat shalom, and Chag Sameach!
 
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Israel @ 70 Mashup With Yonina - 14 Israeli Hits From 7 Decades


Yonina is a husband and wife musical duo whose upbeat arrangements of Jewish music old and new we've featured lately. Yoni and Nina Tokayer have created a musical mashup of Israeli hits going back to the declaration of the state in 1948.

In celebration of 70 years of statehood and 70 years of music, the mashup includes Hava Nagila, Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, Mayim, Rak b'Yisrael, Lach Yerushalayim, Abanibi, Nolad'ti LaShalom, Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu and many others.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: Israeli Folk Dancing in Dublin, Ireland


The Tel Aviv University Dance Company put on a performance of Israeli Folk Dancing in Dublin, Ireland on April 29, 2015. An added bonus is the dancing in the aisles by the Irish audience six minutes in!

The event was organized by Israel's Deputy Ambassador Nurit Tinari-Modai to mark Israel's 67th Independence day. Nurit can be seen at work 7 minutes 42 seconds into the video.


The choreographer was Shlomo Maman and the producer Ronen Tin. Viewers will notice that the Israeli dancers perform in their bare feet. This is to signify that the Israeli folk dance tradition is rooted in the earth. The opening dance is the Hora medley "A State is Born". It was brought from Romania by early Jewish pioneers during the pre-state period. 


The Hora came to symbolize their socialist ideology - its closed circle form gave equal status to all participants and its simple movement enabled everyone to take part.

According to Ronen Tin, folk dancing is hugely popular in Israel with over 350,000 people taking part in a major folk dancing competition every year.


Ambassador Boaz Modai and Deputy Ambassador Nurit Tinari-Modai, joined the Tel Aviv University Dance Company and violinist Alex Bronsky on stage after their performance.

Enjoy!


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Our Jerusalem Celebration Continues with Shai Abramson and the Y-Studs



We're still in Jerusalem, joining in the celebrations and positive vibrations from Yom Haatzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim, and yesterday's dedication of the new United States Embassy a mile and a half from our Jerusalem office.

With apologies to some of our readers who keep asking for more jokes, during the next few days we will be focusing more on Israeli songs and culture to express our pride in this city, this country, and in President Trump's recognizing and echoing the words of King David when he declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago. The jokes and humor will be back soon enough.

Today we're sharing a special song, Hineni Kan (I Am Here) by the Y-Studs A Cappella in collaboration with renowned Israeli Cantor, Shai Abramson. It was filmed in and around the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem, the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, and at an Aliyah Expo by Nefesh b'NefeshThe Hebrew and English words appear below the video.

Enjoy!

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HINENI KAN 
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Ani holech elaich kol yamay,
ani holech elaich mesunuar.
Ha'avanim potz'ot et kapotai,
aval ani eini margish davar.

Ani chozer me'eretz lo zru'ah,
moshit yadi lil'tof et se'arech.
Hineni kan, ach k'mo yonah p'tzuah,
ani nofel tamid mul she'arech.

Hineni kan, k'mo tziporim chagot,
hineni kan, mabit min hagagot;
hineni kan, k'mo even bagader,
k'mo sel'a, k'mo be'er -
ani ha'ish asher tamid chozer, chozer.

Ani chozer be'elef gilgulim,
ani nazir, ben melech vekabtzan,
uvaleilot biv'kot hashu'alim
ani cholem ve'er bach bo bazman.

Ani ro'eh otach harechokah,
k'mo nesichah sh'vuyah bamigdalim,
bein soragim yoshevet umechakah
Elohim, ha'elohim g'dolim.

Hineni kan...

Ve'at chikit, k'mo ha'avanim,
uch'mo habor, lehelech bamidbar;
z'richot rakot nashku otach panim,
sh'kiot kvedot nashku otach tzavar.

Kach raitich yoshevet/omedet umetzapah,
uve'enaich or ve'etzev rav,
kach lakachtich iti el hachupah,
at hayechefah im keter shel zahav.

Hineni kan...

I AM HERE 
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I walk to you all of my days,
I walk to you dazzled.
The rocks wound my feet
but I don't feel a thing.

I'm returning from an unsown land,
I extend my hand to stroke your hair.
I am here, but like a wounded dove,
I always fall in front of your gate.

I am here, like circling birds,
I am here, looking from the roofs;
I am here, like a stone in the fence,
like a rock, like a well -
I am the one who always returns, returns.

I return in a thousand rolls,
I am a monk, son of a king and a beggar,
and at night in the cry of the foxes
I dream and awake to you in time.

I see you in the distance,
like a captured princess in a tower,
behind bars sitting and waiting
Oh God, the great gods.

I am here...

And you waited, like the rocks,
and like the pit, for a desert wanderer;
soft sunrises kissed your face,
heavy sunsets kissed your neck.

I saw you sitting/standing and waiting so,
and in your eyes, a light and great sorrow,
In this way I took you with me
to the wedding canopy, you're the barefooted one with a crown of gold.

I am here...








Monday, May 14, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week - "A Strange Dream"


It's a busy week here in Jerusalem. We spent the weekend celebrating our grandson's Bar Mitzvah and watching the celebrations of Yom Yerushalayim. The streets were clogged with vehicles and people marching with flags to commemorate the capture of the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967.

And today is also a special day, as the city prepares for the dedication of a new United States Embassy in Jerusalem, with hundreds of special guests arriving for the big ceremony just 1.5 miles from our Israel headquarters.

But all of this is not preventing us from posting a Joke to Start the Week. Here's the setup:

Sheldon is talking to his psychiatrist. "Last night I had a strange dream," he says. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Today is Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) - Let's Celebrate!



Today is Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day — is the most recent addition to the Hebrew calendar. It is celebrated on the 28th day of Iyar (six weeks after the Passover seder, one week before the eve of Shavuot). 

Although Jerusalem has been considered the capital city of the Jewish people since the time of King David — who conquered it and built it as the seat of his monarchy in approximately 1000 B.C.E.–there has never been a special day in honor of the city until the Israeli army took over the ancient, eastern part of the city on the third day of the Six-Day War in June 1967.

Shortly after the Six-Day War, “a municipal unification” of the two sections of the city toobbbbbk place, ending 19 years of separation between predominantly Arab and Jewish suburbs of Jerusalem, following the War of Independence in 1948.

Today we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim with a medley of songs of Jerusalem performed by a group of talented Israeli actors and singers led by producer and musical director Tomer Adaddi. This video clip is an excerpt from 70 Years in the Promised Land, an original production that was performed as part of the Spanish River Concerts in South Florida in February and March.

Enjoy!


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Friday, May 11, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with Afro-Cuban Lecha Dodi in Clave


The Clave (pronounced klav-ay) is a pair of cylindrical hardwood sticks used as a percussion instrument in Afro-Cuban music. Lecha Dodi is a hymn sung as part of the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday nights.

Zion80 is a new Jewish musical group that brings them together with drums and guitar in a new version of the Friday night classic.

Zion80 explores Jewish music through the lens of the Afrobeat funk master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Led by Jon Madof (Rashanim, Matisyahu), the 10-piece band arranges Jewish melodies using the polyrhythmic intensity of Afrobeat, blended with the madness of the Downtown scene. Madof’s most ambitious project to date, Zion80 is blazing hot and tight as a drum. Spiritual, grooving and endlessly exciting, this is essential Jewish music for the 21st century.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Don Rickles' Funniest Moments (A Compilation)


Today we tried to post a video clip of Alan King on the Carol Burnett Show. This week we're posting from our Jerusalem office and got emails from some of you that the clip was blocked from being seen in the USA. It worked just fine from Israel, so we assumed that it could be seen everywhere else.

So instead we're substituting another Throwback Thursday video clip -- a compilation of Don Rickles' funniest moments. In this clip, Don takes no prisoners -- included in his list of victims are President Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Julia Roberts, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, and many, many more.

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday   #TBT

Throwback Thursday: Alan King on the Joys of Air Travel


It's another Throwback Thursday. Time to travel back in time to 1974 for a classic performance by Alan King appearing as a guest on The Carol Burnett Show.

Holding his usual cigar as a prop, King reflects on the indignities of air travel, the food, and especially the way luggage was handled (or not handled.) 

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Comedy Showcase: Cathy Ladman on Her Nephew's Bris, Frankincense and Myrrh


Cathy Ladman is a 63-year-old American stand-up comedian, television writer, and actress. She was featured in her own installment of HBO's One Night Stand comedy series, and has been a guest on The Tonight Show on nine occasions.

We've featured her stand-up comedy four times previously, and now we found a new video clip of her commentary on her nephew's bris, which develops into her description of the scene where a certain baby is presented with a gift of myrrh.

We don't know how old the clip is, but we've seen recent photos of her as a curly blonde. But she's always funny.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Conan O'Brien Throws Himself a Bar Mitzvah Party in Israel


When American comedian and late night show host Conan O'Brien visited Israel last year, he briefly explored the possibility of conversion to Judaism so he could become a bar mitzvah. But he had only 90 minutes to spend.

At Tel Aviv's Tel Baruch Central Synagogue, Rabbi Dov Halbertal breaks it to Conan that he can’t convert to Judaism in 90 minutes — but that won't stop Conan from throwing himself a bar mitzvah party.

A somewhat serious Rabbi Halbertal takes Conan through the actual requirements for a legitimate conversion, but gladly participates in the funny but respectful reactions of the Irish red-headed comedian.

Enjoy!

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