8. More Pesach Parody: The Passover Seder Symbols Song
Thanks to some deft lyrics writing by Barry Levy, video editing by Iftach Shavit, and piano accompaniment by Brad Ross, we're happy to share some pre-seder fun, and also some contemplation of the significance of the symbolic foods that we'll put on the seder table next week. We couldn't determine the identity of the singer, but his singing style reminds us of Tom Lehrer.
For any of our readers who may have not seen the 1935 film Top Hat, the parody is based on Cheek to Cheek, the classic song from that movie, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Enjoy!
7. Hava Nagila Around The World: Thailand Burlesque
We've posted ten eclectic versions of Hava Nagila from all over the world, but none has been viewed as many times as this one from Thailand.
The singer starts out with a few bars of the title song from the film Exodus, and then launches into Hava Nagila. So sit back, watch, enjoy, and have some laughs. It's OK to laugh out loud (LOL). We did!
6. Echoes Of A Shofar: Illegal Under British Mandate, Now Blown With Pride
Under a British law in Palestine passed in 1930, Jews were forbidden to blow the shofar at the Kotel, pray loudly there, or bring Torah scrolls, so as not to offend the Arab population.
Despite this restriction, for the next seventeen years, the shofar was sounded at the Kotel every Yom Kippur. Shofars were smuggled in to the Kotel where brave teenagers defiantly blew them at the conclusion of the fast. Some managed to get away - others were captured and sent to jail for up to six months.
Six of these men are still alive. Last month, these six men returned to the scene of their "crime". Armed with shofars, they recounted their individual stories and blew shofar again at the Kotel.
5. A Musical Review Of Jewish History In Four Minutes
In 1989, Billy Joel's hit song, We Didn't Start The Fire, chronicled the events and leading figures over a 50 year period, from 1949 to 1989.
We thought it was a good summary of Jewish history, so we're sharing it with you. But don't blink. If you do, you'll miss a few of the images. Drucker chose interesting but unconventional ones to illustrate personalities and events in our history. Some of them may surprise you. Enjoy!
2. How To Break A Matzah Exactly In Half
A couple of years ago, the minds at Mantis, an Israeli design company, came up with a foolproof way of using a Japanese tip to break a matzah exactly in half. If you haven't seen it, it should give you some pre-Pesach laughs and good advice for Yachatz, the breaking of the matzah. If you have seen it, it's a good refresher course. But we don't usually put chocolate spread on the broken matzah. Enjoy!
1. Passover Time Again In Manischewitzville - A Parody You'll Like
A New Jersey satirist who calls himself Billy Ray Sheet has created a funny Pesach adaptation of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville that we think you'll like. It meets our high standards in all respects, so we're bringing it to you for your enjoyment as you go through all of the preparations for Passover. Enjoy!
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