Sunday, November 19, 2017

"All in the Family" Revisited: Is Archie Bunker Jewish?


In today's politically correct atmosphere, it's hard to imagine some of our favorite TV shows from yesteryear appearing on our screens every week. One of the best was All in the Family, which while attacking prejudice, managed to come up with some funny examples of it. 

Archie Bunker, as portrayed by Carroll O'Connor, didn't hide his feelings about Jews, Blacks, Pollacks, etc. But producer Norman Lear and the show's writers were successful in exposing prejudicial attitudes while still letting the funny punch lines shine through.

In this video clip, neighbor Lionel suggests that Archie might be Jewish, and then the fun begins.

Enjoy!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Welcoming Shabbat with Eli Dali's Heavy Metal Version of Yedid Nefesh


Eliyahu Meir Dali (Eli Dali) is a guitarist and the founder of the project "Metal Prayer", which is a project of Heavy Metal arrangements of famous Jewish melodies, that are mostly known from Jewish prayers, and/or Jewish folklore. In these arrangements, the electric guitar has a major role.

This week we welcome Shabbat with a Heavy Metal version of the famous Jewish poet "Yedid Nefesh" ("ידיד נפש"), with the vocalist Rami Salmon.

Lyrics: Rabbi Elazar ben Moshe Azikri z"l
Music: traditional
Additional music and arrangement: Eli Dali

Performed by:

Rami Salmon - vocals
Eli Dali - electric guitars, acoustic guitars, classical guitars
Yoram Sadeh - keyboards, bass guitar
Refael Hevrony - drums

Lyrics


יְדִיד נֶפֶשׁ אָב הָרַחֲמָן, מְשֹׁךְ עַבְדְּךָ אֶל רְצוֹנֶךָ
יָרוּץ עַבְדְּךָ כְּמוֹ אַיָּל, יִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה אֶל מוּל הֲדָרֶךָ
יֶעֱרַב לוֹ יְדִידוֹתֶּךָ, מִנֹּפֶת צוּף וְכָל טָעַם

הָדוּר נָאֶה זִיו הָעוֹלָם, נַפְשִׁי חוֹלַת אַהֲבָתֶךָ
אָנָּא אֵל נָא רְפָא נָא לָהּ, בְּהַרְאוֹת לָהּ נֹעַם זִיוָךְ
אָז תִּתְחַזֵּק וְתִתְרַפֵּא, וְהָיְתָה לָהּ שִׁמְחַת עוֹלָם

וָתִיק יֶהֱמוּ נָא רַחֲמֶיךָ, וְחוּסָה נָא עַל בֵּן אֲהוּבֶךָ
כִּי זֶה כַּמָּה נִכְסֹף נִכְסַפְתִּי, לִרְאוֹת בְּתִפְאֶרֶת עֻזֶּךָ
אָנָּא אֵלִי מַחְמַד לִבִּי, חוּשָׁה נָּא וְאַל תִּתְעַלָּם

הִגָּלֶה נָא וּפְרֹשׂ חָבִיב עָלַי, אֶת סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶךָ
תָּאִיר אֶרֶץ מִכְּבוֹדֶךָ, נָגִילָה וְנִשְׂמְחָה בָּךְ
מַהֵר אָהוּב כִּי בָא מוֹעֵד, וְחָנֵּנוּ כִּימֵי עוֹלָם

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

EXCLUSIVE On-Site Report! Best In Show and Unusual New Products From Kosherfest 2017 - Part 2



Today we're bringing you part two of our report from Kosherfest 2017.

On Tuesday, the first day of the show, we interviewed representatives of companies exhibiting a variety of products, some of which were prize winners and others that just appealed to us as being unusual or of special interest. We posted five segments yesterday and we're posting another three today.

The products are Kosher and pareve ham and corned beef deli slices, colored printed matzos, bagel scoopers, prize-winning wines from Austria, pretzel challah, honey smoked salmon, ginger beer, and low calorie, high protein ice cream.

A special feature of the show was a contest to choose the best decorator and dresser of a pair of Abeles and Heymann hot dogs, using any condiments found on the Kosherfest show floor. The contest, announced by broadcaster Nahum Segal, resulted in some unusual combinations. A short version of the hot dog dressing contest is included in the video below.

More than 400 exhibitors lined both sides of seven aisles to vie for the attention of visitors (trade only -- but some kiddush aficionados seem to have found their way into the hall) who tried to manage noshing and stuffing literature into the bags provided by some vendors (and rolling suitcases brought by attendees).  And there was plenty to nosh and to stuff.

Some of the samples were meat, some were dairy, and some were pareve.  But all three types were scattered around the show floor, so anyone trying to keep kosher had to make careful choices.

We apologize for the loud background noise from the 6,000 attendees milling about the exhibit space while we were conducting the interviews. Use of earbuds or headphones is recommended.
 
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

EXCLUSIVE On-Site Report! Best In Show and Unusual New Products From Kosherfest 2017 - Part 1 (Watch For Part 2 Tomorrow)




Kosher and pareve ham and corned beef deli slices, colored printed matzos, bagel scoopers, prize-winning wines from Austria, and pretzel challah.
  
These are some of the prize winning and unusual products on display yesterday and today for the thousands of visitors representing all aspects of the food industry at Kosherfest 2017 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.
 
More than 400 exhibitors lining both sides of seven aisles are vying  for the attention of visitors (trade only -- but some kiddush aficionados seem to have found their way into the hall) who try to manage noshing and stuffing literature into the bags provided by some vendors (and rolling suitcases brought by attendees).  And there's plenty to nosh and to stuff.

Some of the samples are meat, some are dairy, and some are pareve.  But all three types are scattered around the show floor, so anyone trying to keep kosher has to make careful choices.

The vendors are hoping that visitors will make bulk purchases, and some of the newer, smaller, and foreign companies exhibiting for the first time are hoping to find distributors who will bring their wares to your local supermarket.

If you love kiddush, can make a case for being in some kind of food-related business, have a few hours to spare and don't mind walking a a quarter mile to a parking lot, this is the place for you.  It's still open all day today, Wednesday, from 10 am to 4 pm.  The on-site registration fee is $100.
We interviewed a few of the exhibitors and got closeups of some of the more unusual delicacies in this video for you to savor.  We're presenting them in two parts today and tomorrow.

We apologize for the loud background noise from the 6,000 attendees milling about the exhibit space while we were conducting the interviews. Listening with earbuds or headphones is recommended.

Enjoy!
  
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Comedy Showcase: Chaim Cohen's Kosher Clean Lakewood Comedy for Frum Audiences


Jewish humor comes in many flavors, and we try to bring you all of them. One highly specialized form of Jewish humor is kosher clean comedy for frum (very observant) audiences. 

There aren't many frum comedians who perform for frum audiences. We discovered one from Lakewood, New Jersey (a very religious Jewish enclave) named Mike (Chaim) Cohen who performs clean standup comedy.

One characteristic of this comedy is that it includes references in Hebrew and Yiddish that are unfamiliar to audiences outside of the frum world. If you know these words, the jokes can be funny. If you don't, you can figure some of them out from the context.

Here are translations of these expressions:

Shiurim = religious talks
Bechira = choice
Sholom bayis = peace in the home
Rosh chodesh = first day of the Hebrew month
Halacha = the body of religious law derived from the Torah
Kavana = a serious mindset needed for Jewish rituals
Davening = prayer
Tefilas HaDerech = travelers' prayer
 
Enjoy!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

A Joke to Start the Week - "Bubbie Has a Baby"


Another Monday, another Joke to Start the Week. Today we're sharing another old joke from the archives of Old Jews Telling Jokes, created back in 2009 by Sam Hoffman. The joke teller is Richard Levine, a retired label printer for clinical drug studies.

Here's the setup: Because of the miracles of modern medicine, an 80-year-old woman is able to conceive, carry a child for nine months, and give birth to a healthy baby boy. She brings him home, and a friend comes over, and then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Comedy Showcase: The UK's Ashley Blaker On Jews and Sushi


Ashley Blaker isn’t your average orthodox Jewish man: he is also an internationally-acclaimed comedian. In November 2015 he embarked on his first stand-up tour – Ungefiltered – which played to sell-out audiences the length and breadth of the UK.
He started 2017 with his first Israel tour and followed this with his second UK show – Meshuga Frum – which he performed at sold-out theatres across the country.
His BBC Radio 4 show ‘Ashley Blaker’s Goyish Guide To Judaism’ will air in 2018.

As Amy Spiro wrote in The Jerusalem Post,
“I’ve spent a lot of time performing for Jewish audiences,” Blaker told The Jerusalem Post in a recent interview. “The next challenge is to adapt that comedy for a wider audience, so that everyone can appreciate it.”

Of course, if you’ve seen Blaker perform, you know that his act has a distinctly parochial flavor. Clad in a black suit and white shirt, with tzitzit swinging, the comedian has audiences rolling on the floor with riffs on how to avoid shaking hands with women, and why every Jewish eatery and event now offers sushi.
We plan to share some of his funny acts with you in the coming weeks. Here is his standup routine about the Jewish obsession with serving sushi everywhere. 

Enjoy!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Welcoming Shabbat with Shalom Aleichem by Akademos Choir in Lublin, Poland



The Polish city of Lublin once served as one the most important centers of Jewish life, commerce, culture and scholarship in Europe. It had the world's largest Talmudic school. Lublin was also well known for its fairs and market days. Little remains today of its past splendor.

But today Lublin is the home of the Akademos Choir - the mixed choir of the Private Junior High School and High School. Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Lublin. Founded in September 2006, it is one of the Lublin choirs taking part in the All-Poland Choir Program "Singing Poland".  

The choral repertoire is very diverse: gospel, entertainment music, carols and pastoral, patriotic songs. The choir performs both a capella and with accompaniment. It has numerous occasional concerts co-organized with the Lublin Philharmonic and concerts abroad.

In this video the Akademos Choir sings Shalom Aleichem.

Enjoy, and Shabbat Shalom. 

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday Special: Billy Crystal's Australian Interview


Billy Crystal appeared on the "Denton" show in Sydney, Australia in 1994. He was in Australia promoting his new film "City Slickers 2". 

Host Andrew Denton gave Billy a genuine kangaroo scrotum pouch, the watch from "City Slickers 1" and a boomerang which Andrew threw into Sydney Harbor.

Join us in the time machine as we go back 23 years to see this Billy Crystal interview. 

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Evolution of a Song: From Second Hand Rose (Brice) to Second Hand Rose (Streisand) to Second Hand Nose (Sherman)



In doing research for our upcoming lectures on The Great Jewish Comedians and The Great Jewish Entertainers, we sometimes find interesting and funny variations on popular and classic comedy routines, jokes, and songs. 
 
The song Second Hand Rose, which most people associate with its performance by Barbra Streisand in the 1968 movie Funny Girl, was first performed by comedian Fanny Brice (Fanny Borach) in the 1921 Ziegfeld Follies.

In playing both versions of the song, we noted one difference. In the original Brice version, there's a line that goes "Even Jakie Cohen he's the man I adore, He had the nerve to tell me he's been married before". But the Streisand version changes Jakie Cohen to Jake the Plumber. Why? Was it to make the character more universal in a nationally distributed movie? We can only guess. The song became fodder for Allan Sherman, who recorded so many parodies of popular songs, and turned it into Second Hand Nose.

Here are all three versions. Enjoy!

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