Monday, March 1, 2010

It's Shushan Purim! One More Day of Purim Shtick

OK, you may say Purim is over.  Let's get back to more general topics, or jokes about Pesach.  Don't worry, we'll get there soon, but today is Shushan Purim, an extra day of Purim celebrated in walled cities.  We consider the internet to be surrounded by a firewall, so we'll take an extra day to laugh at some of the best Purim shtick that we have found.

First, a parody of Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious (did we spell that correctly?) by Nicholas Kett, a remarkable tale of one Yeshiva bochur, recounting the tale of his Chassidic family.

Next, a Purim Shpiel video produced a few years ago in the Israeli town of Hashmonaim, advertising a very special gemach.

A gemach (abbreviation for gemilat chasadim -- acts of kindness) started out as a Jewish free loan fund, extending loans on a short- or long-term basis for any need, including emergency loans, medical expenses, wedding expenses, etc. However, many people have expanded the concept of gemachs to include free loans of household items, clothing, books, equipment, services and advice.  In this Purim parody, the video is an ad for a husband gemach.