Friday, December 14, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with Benji Rafaeli and His Chai 5 Orchestra


Shalom Aleichem has been one of the most popular songs that we post to welcome Shabbat each week. Today marks the 24th time that we are posting still another rendition of this poetic welcome that's part of the Kabbalat Shabbat service. It's by Benji Rafaeli and his Chai 5 Orchestra.

Benji Rafaeli was born in to a musical family and till today carries on their musical tradition. Benji sings in 18 different languages, plays the guitar, piano, organ, drums and other instruments. His music has touched hearts around the world. His previous solo albums include The Moshiach and Standing Tall America.

The Benji Rafaeli Orchestra has been thrilling audiences with live music for over twenty years. Benji excels at providing several types of music for events. Jewish, Russian, DJ & Dance Music, Show Tunes, Contemporary, Pop, World, and Israeli music are all his specialties.


We've seen Benji perform a few times at Waterways, an outdoor mall in Aventura, Florida. He plays and sings while the snowbirds dance around his bandstand. Maybe we'll see him again this winter when we head down to Florida for another round of Jewish humor lectures for seniors in Deerfield Beach and a lecture on The Great Jewish Comedians at Florida Atlantic University on March 6.

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca in "The Hickenloopers: The Phone Messages"


It's Throwback Thursday again and today we get another chance to go back 67 years to 1951 and another episode of The Hickenloopers on Your Show of Shows.

Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca starred in many episodes of the hilarious marital tribulations of Doris and Charlie Hickenlooper.

In this sketch, Doris Hickenlooper (Imogene Coca) gets into trouble with Charlie when she proves incapable of writing down his phone messages.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

You Know You Are Dating an Israeli Man When...


There's a YouTube channel called Dating Beyond Borders that focuses on dating around the world. It has some funny insights into dating in different cultures.

The format is "You know you are dating an ____ man or woman when..." and then shows some stereotypical examples of dating situations.
 
One of the countries they profile is Israel and illustrate what it means to date an Israeli with video vignettes of dates in progress.

Back in October we posted a video vignette called You know you are dating an Israeli woman when...

Today we're back with the reverse situation: You know you are dating an Israeli man when...

Are they exaggerating? You probably know the truth.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Evolution of Jewish Dating: From Eliezer's Shidduch for Yitzchak and Rivkah to the Robotic Future


Jewish matchmaking has been going on for thousands of years, and it comedians Meir Kay and Mendy Pellin have collaborated in a survey of the Jewish dating scene from Biblical times to the present day.

Starting with Eliezer's quest for a bride for Yitzchak, and revisiting the story of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah, the two comics show how the urge to merge has developed to include rabbinic romance, speed dating, online dating, smartphone app dating, and robotic dating in the future.

Enjoy!

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Asks Kids on the Street What They Know About Chanukah


Last week on the second night of Chanukah late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel took to the streets of New York to ask random kids questions about Chanukah.

Most children who don't celebrate Chanukah are familiar with the story of Christmas, but they are less educated about the miracle of Chanukah. So Jimmy's crew went out on the street and asked kids who don't celebrate Hanukkah to tell us what they know about it.

- What is Chanukah?
- Have you heard of Jewish people?
- Why doesn't Santa bring any of the Jewish kids toys?
- Can you spell Hanukkah?
- Would you like to meet a Jewish person?
- Do you know any Hanukkah songs?

Enjoy the last day of Chanukah!

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Sunday, December 9, 2018



Nir Sarussi and Ariella Zeitlin are an Israeli virtuoso duo of performers who perform internationally for all kinds of crowds. This week they showed up in Zion Square in Jerusalem to play a medley of Chanukah songs. 

The violinists found an enthusiastic audience for their renditions of the classic songs in an Irish tempo reminiscent of Riverdance.

Zion Square, at the junction of Ben Yehuda and Jaffa streets, is where you're likely to find all kinds of musicians and entertainers any time of the day or night. It's one of the pleasures of living in and visiting Jerusalem.

Enjoy as we celebrate the seventh day of Chanukah!


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Friday, December 7, 2018

White House Hosts Two Hanukkah Parties to Light the Fifth Candle


Yesterday President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted an afternoon and an evening Hanukkah party at the White House. All Jewish members of Congress were invited and the fifth candle was lit at each party, by a chaplain and by a Chabad rabbi.

The party included songs sung by the Y-Studs, the Yeshiva a cappella group whose songs we have posted here on Jewish Humor Central.

The president's remarks focused on our relationship with the State of Israel, recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and the swift opening of the new United States Embassy.

Welcoming Ivanka and Jared Kushner, he said "I'm also proud that the Jewish faith is so deeply woven into the fabric of my family. It's a great honor."

Each of the parties lasted more than an hour, and the full videos are available on YouTube. We'll include the links below so if you have the time you can watch both of them. If you're not inclined to spend so much time with them, here is a short version of one of the parties.

Happy Hanukkah and Shabbat shalom!

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FULL VIDEO OF THE HANUKKAH PARTIES BELOW:






Thursday, December 6, 2018

Throwback Thursday Chanukah Special: Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan's Response at Confirmation Hearing



When Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan was going through her confirmation hearings in 2010, it was Senator Lindsey Graham's turn, and the subject was the Christmas Day bomber. Senator Graham asked her where she was on Christmas day.

After Kagan asked for a clarification, Graham persisted and said that he only asked where she was on Christmas. Kagan's response was priceless.


"You know, like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant."


Enjoy, and Happy Chanukah!


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Israel's Technion Students Use Robotics and Technology to Celebrate Hanukkah


Nobody can accuse the students and faculty of Israel's Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa of taking the easy way out when it comes to observing Jewish holidays.

Through the years we've posted their unique videos of technology experiments for Hanukkah and Passover. Now they have a new take on all aspects of celebrating Chanukah....making latkes, spinning a dreidel, acting out the battle of Maccabees and Greeks, making sufganiyot (jelly donuts), and lighting the Chanukah menorah. 

And all without a human touch. Well, almost all. They still needed a team member to place the shamash in its central place in the Chanukiyah. 

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Here Come the Chanukah Videos: The Maccabeats sing the Dreidel Song in 8 Musical Genres


Originally formed in 2007 as Yeshiva University’s student vocal group, the Maccabeats have emerged as both Jewish music and a cappella phenomena, with a large fanbase, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and proven success with four albums.

After years of performing parodies of pop songs with original lyrics, the Maccabeats have taken on the Chanukah classic I Have a Little Dreidel with the original lyrics and sing it in eight different musical styles: Big Band, Bluegrass, HipHop, the 80s, Blues, Classical, Reggaeton, and Gospel.

Enjoy!

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