Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dry Bones Cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen Tells Two Nixon Jokes


Yesterday we told you about Yaakov Kirschen's new series of coloring books including Jewish curses illustrated with the same humor he uses for his daily Dry Bones cartoons in The Jerusalem Post.

But Kirschen also likes to tell jokes in public. Here are a couple of jokes that he told recently relating to his personal experience on leaving the United States and making aliyah to Israel. His move came during the Nixon presidency so he calls them Nixon jokes, but they could apply just as well today.

Enjoy!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

A Joke to Start the Week - "Marriage Therapy"


It's Monday again and time for another Joke to Start the Week. 

Here's the setup: After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife went in for counseling. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade, listing every problem they had in the 35 years that they were married. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dry Bones Cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen Releases Book of Yiddish Curses


Yaakov Kirschen, the political cartoonist whose daily Dry Bones comic strips have appeared in The Jerusalem Post since January 1973, has been using his talents to present wry observations on world events especially as they relate to Israel and the Jewish people.

In addition to his cartoons, which are also published in his daily blog, Kirschen has started on a new project -- a series of Grandpa's Jewish Cartoon Coloring Books. The first two in the series are The Dry Bones Jewish Holiday Traditions Coloring Book and Jewish Curses: A Guide and Coloring Book.

We ordered both books from Amazon.com and enjoyed their funny depictions of Jewish life.
Wry Jewish humor is a feature of both books. We especially enjoyed the illustrations of the 29 Yiddish curses in the Jewish Curses book. We think it should have been titled Yiddish Curses and should have included the curses in their original language and English transliteration. We hope that Yaakov will issue an expanded and updated version with the original curses in Yiddish.

Here are two of the pages of this large format 36 page book. Enjoy!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Welcoming Shabbat with Bnei Menashe Girl Singing Adon Olam


The Bnei Menashe (sons of Manasseh) claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, who were sent into exile by the Assyrian Empire more than 27 centuries ago.
Their ancestors wandered through Central Asia and the Far East for centuries, before settling in what is now northeastern India, along the border with Burma and Bangladesh.
Throughout their sojourn in exile, the Bnei Menashe continued to practice Judaism just as their ancestors did, including observing the Sabbath, keeping kosher, celebrating the festivals and following the laws of family purity. And they continued to nourish the dream of one day returning to the land of their ancestors, the Land of Israel.
To welcome Shabbat this week, we're sharing a version of Adon Olam sung by Israela Haokip, a young member of the Bnei Menashe community. 

Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: The Marx Brothers in "A Night at the Opera"


This Throwback Thursday takes us back 82 years to one of the most famous comedy scenes of all time, the ocean liner stateroom scene from the Marx Brothers' film A Night at the Opera.

It was developed with participation of silent comedy great Buster Keaton, who took inspiration from his own film, The Cameraman.  

The 1935 film also starred Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones. It was the first film the Marx Brothers made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after their departure from Paramount Pictures, and the first after Zeppo left the act. The film was adapted by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, and Al Boasberg from a story by James Kevin McGuinness. It was directed by Sam Wood.

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday, #TBT

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Great Jewish Comedians: Issy Bonn - The Famous British Comedian


Not all of the Jewish comedians were born in the USA. 

Issy Bonn (1903-1977) was a British Jewish actor, singer and comedian, most famous for his recording of My Yiddishe Momme. He appeared in two films, I Thank You in 1941 and Discoveries in 1939, where he played Mr. Schwitzer.

Bonn played on BBC Radio music shows, and in music halls before retiring to become a theatrical agent. His image appears on the cover of The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Here's a video from 1939 with Issy doing some standup comedy and singing one of his ballads.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Special: A Jewish Grandparents' Guide to Romance

 
There always have been mixed feelings in the Jewish world about celebrating this day which originally was named in honor of Valentine, a Christian saint. And today, you can find opinions from rabbis of all Jewish denominations that approve and disapprove of its observance. 

We did some searching and found that despite some views that the holiday is foreign to Judaism and should be avoided, there are a growing number of opinions, even in the Orthodox world, that not only should the holiday be observed, but that it should be embraced.

As Rabbi Benjamin Blech, professsor of Talmud at Yeshiva University, has written about Valentine's Day on the aish.com website,
As Jews, we may not be sure whether it's proper for us to join the party. After all, for the longest time the full name of this holiday was “St. Valentine's Day” because of its legendary link with the apocryphal story of one of the earliest Christian saints. Yet academics aren't the only ones who have recognized the dubious historical basis of this connection. Vatican II, the landmark set of reforms adopted by the Catholic Church in 1969, removed Valentine's Day from the Catholic church's calendar, asserting that "though the memorial of St. Valentine is ancient… apart from his name nothing is known… except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on 14 February."
What's left for this day, as proponents of its universal celebration declare, is something that people of all faiths may in good conscience observe: A day in which to acknowledge the power of love to make us fully human.
When I am asked as a rabbi if I think it's a good idea for Jews to celebrate Valentine's Day, my standard answer is, "Yes, we should celebrate love… every day of the year."
This year, to embrace Valentine's Day, we bring you A Jewish Grandparents' Guide to Romance, a video from The Forward. 

 Enjoy!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

A Joke to Start the Week - "The Horse Auction"


It's another Monday and we're still in Florida doing our annual February Jewish humor lecture tour. 

There are lots of old Jews telling jokes in this sunny state and we're hoping to pick up some more oldies but goodies to share with you in the coming weeks and months.

Here's the setup for today's joke: Little Larry attended a horse auction with his father. He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, and then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hassidic Comedian Mendy Pellin on Using Humor to Overcome Stereotypes


Hassidic comedian Mendy Pellin sits down for an interview with Israeli TV station Arutz Sheva.

Mendy blends Hassidic spirituality with out-of-the-box humor. He aims to overcome stereotypes commonly attributed to ultra-Orthodox Jews.

In the interview, Mendy reflects on his blending of Jewish themes and pop culture, the nature of Jewish humor, and how he sometimes crosses the line into humor that may offend practitioners of political correctness. 

During the course of the interview, we see some of Mendy's classic routines, such as dipping Apple iPhones and iPads in honey for a Rosh Hashana video.

Enjoy!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

A Special Fig and Date Filled Babka for Tu B'shevat Shabbat


Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Shabbat, February 11, 2017—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. 

This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

We mark the day of Tu B’Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.

Because this year Tu B'Shevat falls on Shabbat, and Shabbat is the day to eat the traditional babka, we're sharing a new recipe for a special fig and date filled babka for Tu B'Shevat Shabbat.

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!

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