Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Real Story Behind Hillary Clinton's Email About Gefilte Fish



When a new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails was released this week, much ado was made about one of the emails with the subject line "Gefilte Fish" and the full message saying "Where are we on this?"

To understand the deep meaning behind this email, we have to go back to February 5, 2010 and a congressional hearing about a shipment of carp that was farmed in Illinois and was the subject of a trade dispute between the U.S. and Israel.
 
Illinois Rep. Donald Manzullo asked Secretary of State Clinton to personally get involved in a trade dispute between an Illinois gefilte fish company and the Israeli government.
 
As Yair Rosenberg wrote this week in Tablet Magazine quoting former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren in his memoir Ally,
America signed its first-ever free-trade agreement with Israel back in 1985, but the treaty exempted certain Israeli products liable to be eradicated by their cheaper American counterparts. Apples, avocados, and oranges fell into this category, and so, too, did the carp cultivated by Galilean farmers. Which was why 400 pounds of the frozen Illinois fish were denied entry to the Promised Land.
We found a video clip from 2010 on the CNN Money channel of a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing where the subject was discussed to everyone's amusement and prompted congressman Elliot Engel of New York to place an order for two jars of the gefilte fish.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Great Jewish Comedians: Buddy Hackett on The Dean Martin Show


Buddy Hackett (1924-2003) was born Leonard Hacker in Brooklyn. His career spanned more than half a century in nightclubs, movies, the stage and television. 

His rubbery face was a familiar one on America's home screens in the 1950's and 1960's when he was a frequent guest on talk shows hosted by Jack Paar and Arthur Godfrey. 

Hackett's irrepressible clowning was so familiar, in fact, that it always seemed to come as a surprise to audiences and critics when he would display solid acting talent in his movie and stage appearances. 

He appeared many times on The Johnny Carson show, and we have shared many video clips of those shows on Jewish Humor Central over the past few years.

He also was a frequent guest on The Dean Martin Show. In this clip, Buddy tells Dean about his days in the legitimate theatre.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Elli The King of Broadway Sings Allan Sherman's "I'm in the Mood for Love, You're in the Mood for Herring"


Two years ago we shared a few blog posts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of Allan Sherman's parody hit Hello Muddah Hello Faddah.

Last year we posted a few video clips of a new collection of long-lost Sherman parodies.

Sherman composed so many parodies of pop songs of the 1960s that they are being revived by a new generation of singer-comedians.

In February Elli, The King of Broadway was asked to sing a Sherman song as a part of the Metropolitan Room Special Event "A Tribute to Love".

Elli has made a name for himself in show business as an actor, singer, comedian, and voice over artist. In this video clip, Elli sings Allan Sherman's hit "When I'm in the Mood for Love, You're in the Mood for Herring.

Enjoy!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

A Joke to Start the Week - "A Fish Story"


It's the last Monday in August, the school year is about to begin, and summer vacations are ending. But there's always time for a joke to start the week, and today is no exception.

Mel Bleemer, the retired CPA, is back with us to deliver another oldie but goodie.

Here's the setup: Two fisherman are sitting on a park bench on the west coast of Florida looking into the Gulf of Mexico and swapping fish stories. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

JewishTraces in Unexpected Places: Lithuanian a Cappella Group Sings Hebrew Song From Psalms



The location: St. Kotryna's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The singers:  Quorum, the only professional male a cappella group in Lithuania. 
The song: Im Hashem Lo Yivneh Bayit, composed by Los Angeles philanthropist Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz. 

We don't know how Im Hashem Yivneh Bayit found its way into Quorum's 10th anniversary concert in St. Kotryna's Church, but we're glad it did.

The song debuted with a performance by Mordechai Ben David during Sukkot 5774/2013 at Congregation Shaarei Torah of Los Angeles, CA, and has been performed by other Jewish groups since then, including the Chasidic Shira Choir.

The words of the song come from Psalms 121 and 127

אִם־יְהוָה לֹא־יִבְנֶה בַיִת, שָׁוְא עָמְלוּ בוֹנָיו בּוֹ
אִם־יְהוָה לֹא־יִשְׁמָר־עִיר, שָׁוְא שָׁקַד שׁוֹמֵר
הִנֵּה לֹא־יָנוּם וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר יִשְׂרָאֵל


Im HaShem lo yivneh vayit shav amlu vonav bo
Im HaShem lo yishmar ir shav shakad shomer
Hineh lo yanum ve lo yishan Shomer Yisra’el

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;
Unless Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
(Psalm 127:1)
Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
(Psalms 121:4)


Here is the song from the concert performance by Quorum, followed by an earlier rendition by the Shira Choir:

Enjoy!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Americans Try Snacks From Israel and React to Their Taste


Two Americans from the midwest have been posting videos of their reviews of a service that sends monthly boxes of local snacks from countries around the world.

In this video they taste products for the first time that we and many of our readers have tasted on visits to Israel or in the Israeli products aisle in local supermarkets. 

Bamba, Bissli, Elite, Pesek Zman...Yum!

These two are obviously not regular visitors to Israel or shopping in local stores that carry Israeli products. Their reactions are fresh (like the food, we hope) and candid.

Do you agree with their love of Bamba with hazelnut filling and distaste for halvah?

Enjoy!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Midweek Joke From Rabbi Bob Alper - "The Logger"


Rabbi Bob Alper's standup sets have made frequent appearances on Jewish Humor Central.
 
We've been watching his funny DVD and just can't resist sharing some of his jokes with you, especially since he gave us permission to spread the joy that his humor brings to live audiences and to viewers of the DVD.

The DVD contains his 50 minute standup set and a collection of jokes that we're just starting to tap into. Here's one that we call "The Logger."

 Enjoy!
 
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two Jewish Boys Help Fallen Sponge Bob in Prank on Jimmy Kimmel Show


Jimmy Kimmel, the late night TV talk show host, periodically plays a game with unsuspecting people on the street called How Long. It's a social experiment to see how much time goes by between someone falling down in the street in obvious distresss and a kind bystander coming to their rescue .
 
For this experiment, an actor who regularly wears a SpongeBob SquarePants costume on Hollywood Boulevard suddenly collapsed in the middle of his act and lay on his back calling out that he's fallen and can't get up.

The countdown timer ticks off the seconds and minutes as runners jump over him and one man pauses to take a photo of the fallen character with his smartphone. Lots of people pass by without offering help. 

Finally after almost seven minutes, a pair of young Jewish boys wearing black kippot and hoodies walk by and help SpongeBob to his feet. Then, joined by two of their friends, the group of five launches into a Hava Nagila song and dance. Kimmel comments "It's turning into a Bar Mitzvah out there."

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Great Jewish Comedians: Jackie Mason on Being Too Jewish


No list of the great Jewish comedians can be complete without Jackie Mason. The 84-year-old veteran of stand-up comedy is still performing with bookings scheduled for 2015 and 2016 in New York and in Florida.

Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as Yacov Moshe Maza, Jackie Mason was raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan surrounded by rabbis. 

His father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great, great-grandfather were all rabbis, as are his three brothers. No surprise that at age 25, Jackie Mason was ordained a rabbi.

Three years later, he quit his job in a synagogue to become a comedian because, as he says, "Somebody in the family had to make a living."
From humble comic beginnings in New York, the Borscht Belt, and comedy clubs around the country, Jackie Mason rose to be one the hottest comics in America in the early 1960's. 


He reached the apex of American entertainment culture when he became a regular performer on the nation's preeminent television variety program, "The Ed Sullivan Show," only to fall into Sullivan's disfavor over the interpretation of a now legendary hand gesture during a live performance in 1962, an incident which cast a shadow over Mason's career for more than a decade.

Mason first emerged from that shadow in Los Angeles, where his one-man show, "The World According to Me" originated in 1984 to wide acclaim. Yet the great triumph was his return to New York a nd his extraordinary success as a one-man show on the Great White Way.

In 2008 he filled a large theater on Broadway with his one-man show, The Ultimate Jew. Here is a video clip from that show in which he shares his observations on how many Jews try to conceal their heritage and blend in to the general population.

Enjoy! 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

A Joke to Start the Week - "A Good Deal"


Another Monday, another joke to start the week. Today we're bringing back Mel Bleemer, the retired CPA who was our joke teller two weeks ago.

Here's the setup for today's joke: A fella is walking down the street one day, and all of a sudden he hears a voice, and then...

Enjoy!

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