Monday, March 18, 2019

A Joke to Start the Week - "Golf Outing"



It's another Monday and time for another joke to start the week. This week we're sharing a golf joke from the Old Jews Telling Jokes collection by Neurologist Marvin Rachelefsky.

Here's the setup: "I'm on the golf course with my son, and we start to see lightning and hear thunder. As a physician, I'm worried about that lightning. It's a killer." And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

"The Jews Are Coming" Takes Another Look at Kissing the Mezuzah



In 2014 Israeli satire on TV took a bold step forward with the airing of a new series of sketches called HaYehudim Ba'im (The Jews Are Coming).

Written by Natalie Marcus and Asaf Beiser, the show asks questions about everything, from the Bible to Ben Gurion to the Ashkenazi leadership. Their approach is to  go into the texts and make you think. They say that they give all their subjects a critical look, but they're not attacking, just giving the story a fresh, modern look.


The series ran for three seasons on Israeli TV, all in Hebrew. Some of the half-hour episodes were divided into video clips and published on YouTube with English subtitles.  

Not all of the situations are Biblical.  Some, like today's video about kissing a mezuzah, take a satiric look at activities in Jewish life.

IF YOU DON'T SEE THE ENGLISH SUBTITLES, CLICK ON THE SETTINGS ICON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN AND CLICK ON "HEBREW-ENGLISH SUBTITLES." 

Enjoy!

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Cantor Naftali Hershtik and the Maccabeats Join The Shabbat Project in Singing Havdalah Around the World


Back in 2014 Cantor Netanel Hershtik and the Maccabeats joined singers all around the world in ending a very special Shabbat sponsored by The Shabbat Project with the singing of Havdalah.

The Shabbat Project was introduced in South Africa in 2013 to quite astonishing effect. On the Shabbat over which it ran, close to 70 percent of the country’s 75,000 Jews kept Shabbat in full, most for the first time in their lives. Perhaps more significantly, the initiative drew people together in way s never seen before.

In the aftermath, many wrote in from around the world, wanting to bring the initiative to their own cities and communities. And so, the international Shabbat Project was born.
It has already been described as "an experiment that has no precedent in modern Jewish history,” and “the most ambitious Jewish unity initiative ever undertaken,” with around 1500 partners in 340 cities.

Wishing you a Shabbat shalom and a Havdalah like this one at the end of Shabbat.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Dean Martin and Vic Damone Join Allan Sherman in a Medley of His Parodies



Allan Sherman dominated the world of song parody during the 1960s and recorded eight albums.  Listening to or reading his lyrics is a crash course in pop culture of the 1960s, with Sherman taking satiric swipes at summer camp, psychiatry, fad diets, Hadassah ladies, school dropouts, and upward mobility.

He usually performed alone, but in this rare undated video clip, probably on The Dean Martin Show, Sherman joined Martin and Vic Damone in performing a medley of his best parodies. None of the songs are sung in their full versions, but there is enough of each one to make you laugh and search for the old records.

Here is the complete list:
Pop Hates The Beatles (Pop Goes The Weasel) (Allan Sherman, Vic Damone & Dean Martin), That's A Mormon (That's Amore) (Martin), Brenda Lee (Tenderly) (Damone), God Bless You Gerry Mendlebaum (God Bless You Merry Gentlemen) (Sherman), Bela Lugosi (Besame Mucho) (Dean Martin), Aura Lee (Damone), Hello Young Lovers (Sherman), Day In Day Out (all three), You're Getting to Be A Rabbit With Me (You're Getting to Be A Habit With Me) (Damone), Goldman's Earrings (Golden Earrings) (Sherman), Wonton Soup (Wanting You) (Sherman), Egg Foo Young (They Tried To Tell Us We're Too Young) (Damone), Chow Mein (Charmaine) (Martin), Love Is Where You Find It (Sherman), Old Lang's Sign (Auld Lang Syne) (Damone), Comin' Thru the Rye (Comin' Thro the Rye) (Martin), Don't Buy The Liverwurst (Down By The Riverside) (all three)

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday    #TBT


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof - in Yiddish ! Interview with Star Steven Skybell and Director Joel Grey


We saw the new Folksbiene production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish when it first came out last year. Since then we've been talking about it with friends who joined the crowds who trekked down to the tip of Manhattan to see the production that was extended many times.

Now it's moved to an off-Broadway location for an extended run through September 1.

In an interview with Laura Heywood than runs for 30 minutes, Steven Skybell, the actor who plays the lead role of Tevye, and Joel Grey, Oscar and Tony award winning actor and the show's director, sit down in front of a studio audience and tell their personal stories about the show and what it means to them.

It's a somewhat longer video than we usually post, but we think it's worth the time to watch.

Enjoy!

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