Friday, October 20, 2017

Welcoming Shabbat with Lecha Dodi by Feliza and Or Zohar


Every Friday we try to welcome Shabbat with a new version of one of the popular songs that are sung in the synagogue and at home. It's a pleasure to find new versions ot these traditional parts of the Shabbat liturgy.

This week we came across a new version of Lecha Dodi, a part of the Friday night service originally written by Rabbi and Kabbalist Shlomo Alkabetz in the mid 1500s.

The liturgical poem, which is now sung in every Kabbalat Shabbat service around the world, is based on the theme, "Come my beloved to meet the bride; let us welcome Shabbat." It comes from the description in the Talmud tractate Shabbat 119a that "R. Hanina robed himself and stood at sunset of Sabbath eve [and] exclaimed, ‘Come and let us go forth to welcome the queen Sabbath.'

The singers are Feliza and Or Zohar, who live in Hararit, a small community settlement in the  western Galilee. Rabbi Zohar is a Reform Rabbi, musician, and teacher of Kabbalah in Tivon and in Misgav Regional Council. Feliza is a teacher of prayer through music and movement in kindergartens and elementary schools for normative and autistic children throughout Tel Aviv.

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Classic Standup by Henny Youngman


On this Throwback Thursday, join us as we travel back to the 1980s for a standup routine by the legendary Henny Youngman, king of the one-liners.

Youngman, a British-American Jewish comedian and violinist, was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s, with many appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and on Laugh-in.

Watching one of his classic performances,  it becomes apparent how much standup comedy has changed over the years.

As his biography in Wikipedia reads,
In a time when many comedians told elaborate anecdotes, Youngman’s comedy routine consisted of telling simple one-liner jokes, occasionally with interludes of violin playing. These gags depicted simple, cartoon-like situations, eliminating lengthy build-ups and going straight to the punch line. He was known as the King of the One Liners, a title bestowed upon him by columnist Walter Winchell. A typical stage performance by Youngman lasted only fifteen to twenty minutes, but contained dozens of jokes, delivered in rapid-fire fashion.
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hava Nagila Around the World: A Version by the Georgian Erisioni Ensemble


No, not the Georgia in the southern United States. Georgia, the country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan
In the late 18th century, the eastern Georgian Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti forged an alliance with the Russian Empire, which directly annexed the kingdom in 1801 and conquered the western Kingdom of Imereti in 1810. Russian rule over Georgia was eventually acknowledged in various peace treaties with Iran and the Ottomans and the remaining Georgian territories were absorbed by the Russian Empire in a piecemeal fashion in the course of the 19th century. 
Following the Russian Revolution in 1917, Georgia obtained its short-lived independence and established a republic led by the Social Democrats in 1918, only to be invaded by Soviet Russia in 1921 and subsequently absorbed into the Soviet Union as the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.
In recent years, Georgians have shown an affinity for the most often played Israeli/Jewish song, Hava Nagila. Today we're sharing yet another example of world-wide interest in this popular melody to join the more than 50 other versions that we have posted over the years.

It was performed in Israel last month by the Georgian Ensemble Erisioni.
Enjoy!

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Israel Exports English Stand-up Comedy to London


Yohai Sponder and his fellow comedians Yossi Tarablus and Shachar Hasson have just completed two successful appearances in London, performing quick-fire stand-up comedy in English — way out of their usual comfort zone.


Stand-up comedy usually doesn't translate well between countries and languages, because many of the references are locale-specific and unrecognizable to audiences with a different frame of reference.
All three comics specialize in observational comedy, with 41-year-old Hasson — said to be one of the best stand-up performers in Israel — making a virtue out of his slightly less than perfect English, rushing in to laugh at himself as part of the joke.

For those wondering whether Israeli and British audiences laugh at different things, Tarablus, Sponder and Hasson provide a useful litmus test, since their English-language acts appear to be a direct translation of what they do in Hebrew — the difference being that they need to explain a little more about Israeli society for their London audiences.
Enjoy!
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MamaLA and the Mohel - A Funny Interview from the LA Jewish Journal



Rabbi Shalom Denbo of Los Angeles sat down for a funny interview last month with Julia Moss of the LA Jewish Journal. 

Rabbi Denbo is a mohel, and often finds himself telling jokes or being told jokes about  his profession.

As Moss, also known as MamaLA, wrote in the Journal,
Jokes? Denbo has heard them all. Years ago, as part of a marketing campaign, he ran an ad in the Jewish Journal that read, “Tell me a mohel joke I haven’t heard, and you’ll get a bris for free.” There were no winners. Not even: “Do you work for tips?”
Born in New Jersey, trained in Israel and now living in Pico-Robertson, Denbo is the author of “7 Traits: How to Change Your World” and has traveled as far as Tahiti, performing more than 1,000 brises, the ceremonial circumcision covenant that connects Jewish boys to their heritage on the eighth day of life.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

A Joke to Start the Week - "The Genie"


It's hard to believe that the month of holidays is over and that the next Jewish holiday is Chanukah in December. So for the next couple of months our posts will be holiday-free, but full of jokes and funny material, both old and new.

But today is Monday, and you know what that means. Time for a Joke to Start the Week. Once again we dip into the archives of Old Jews Telling Jokes, which we thank creator Sam Hoffman for making available on the Internet.

Today's choice is another classic told by motion picture producer and manager Mike Marcus. Mike was the President of MGM from 1993 to 1997.

Here's the setup: A guy is walking along the beach and he kicks something in the sand. He looks down to see what he just kicked, and lo and behold, it's a lamp. It looks just like Aladdin's lamp. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Israeli Wonder Woman Actress Gal Gadot Starts Saturday Night Live with Hebrew Monologue


Last week Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who plays the lead role in the Wonder Woman movie, took a star turn hosting Saturday Night Live. The show was broadcast in Israel for the first time and Gadot opened her monologue with a special message in Hebrew.

After a shoutout to her Ema and Aba, Gadot told her Israeli listeners that the writers here know nothing about Israel and had her eating hummus in every sketch. The American audience ate it all up.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Today is Hoshanah Rabbah, Last Chance for a Lulav Shake This Year, So Let's Make it a Big One!


Well, our month of holidays is finally coming to an end. Today is Hoshanah Rabbah, the fifth day of Chol Hamoed Sukkot, and the day before Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Whether or not you got a chance to shake a lulav with the etrog, myrtle and willow branches this year, we thought a video of the festivities in Jerusalem yesterday would bring a satisfying closure to this holiday period.

Here's a video of the throngs gathered at the Western Wall yesterday morning to say Hallel with their Sukkot symbols.

One lulav shaker somewhere in the world (we haven't located the place yet) couldn't make it to the Western Wall and did his shaking in a synagogue. This has to be the biggest lulav and etrog that we have ever seen. We'd like to see the carrying case for this giant palm frond. Watch the short video clip below the video of the scene at the Kotel.

We'll be celebrating Sukkot and Shabbat for the next three days and we'll be back with more Jewish humor on Sunday.

Chag sameach and Shabbat shalom!


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sukkot in Jerusalem: The Joy of Simchat Beit Hashoeivah in a Chasidic Yeshiva


When the Temple in Jerusalem stood, a unique service was performed every morning throughout the Sukkot holiday: the Nisuch ha-Mayim (lit. "Pouring of the water") or Water Libation Ceremony. 

According to the Talmud, Sukkot is the time of year in which God judges the world for rainfall; therefore this ceremony, like the taking of the Four Species, invokes God's blessing for rain in its proper time. The water for the libation ceremony was drawn from the Pool of Siloam (Hebrew: Breikhat HaShiloah‎‎) in the City of David and carried up the Jerusalem pilgrim road to the Temple. The joy that accompanied this procedure was palpable. 

Afterwards, every night in the outer Temple courtyard, tens of thousands of spectators would gather to watch the Simchat Beit HaShoeivah (Rejoicing at the Place of the Water-Drawing), as the most pious members of the community danced and sang songs of praise to God. The dancers would carry lit torches, and were accompanied by the harps, lyres, cymbals and trumpets of the Levites. According to the Mishnah, (Tractate Sukkah), "He who has not seen the rejoicing at the Place of the Water-Drawing has never seen rejoicing in his life." Throughout Sukkot, the city of Jerusalem teemed with Jewish families who came on the holiday pilgrimage and joined together for feasting and Torah study. A partition separating men and women was erected for this occasion. Nowadays, this event is recalled via a Simchat Beit HaShoeivah gathering of music, dance, and refreshments. This event takes place in a central location such as a synagogue, yeshiva, or place of study. Refreshments are served in the adjoining sukkah. Live bands often accompany the dancers. The festivities usually begin late in the evening, and can last long into the night.

Join us for a few minutes of Sukkot rejoicing at a Simchat Beit HaShoeivah at the Toldos Aharon center in Jerusalem.  The Toldos Aharon sect, based in Jerusalem's Meah Shearim neighborhood is one of the most extreme in the Haredi world, but certainly one of the most fascinating as well as devout.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

A Joke to Start the Week: "Kleptomaniac"


Another Monday, another Joke to Start the Week.

Here's another oldie but goodie from the archives of Old Jews Telling Jokes. It's told by real estate developer Harry Macklowe.

Here's the setup: A couple is in a supermarket. She has a problem. She steals. She's a kleptomaniac. She steals a can of fruit and she's taken before the magistrate. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: The Muslim Gatekeepers of Synagogues in Kolkata, India


For generations, the caretakers of Kolkata's Jewish synagogues have been Muslims. For a case study in communal harmony, we need look no further than Kolkata's Jewish Synagogues. At one point as strong as 6000, the Jewish community has dwindled to less than 20 members in the city of Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta.

Muslim caretakers have maintained the three main Jewish synagogues in Kolkata. Anwar and Rabbul manage the Maghen David and Beth El Synagogues, a role that has been in their families for generations. With communal tensions in the country raised, this is a shining testament to the bonds that hold the communities together.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wishing You a Happy Sukkot with the LEGO Sukkot 101 Movie


The Lego Movie franchise is a computer-animated adventure-comedy film series based on Lego construction toys. The franchise started in 2014 with The Lego Movie, which was directed and written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

The film quickly expanded into a franchise, including two spin-off films, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, both with 2017 release dates; a sequel; and a third spin-off, The Billion Brick Race, scheduled for release in 2019.

The LEGO toy animation style was an inspiration for Bimbam (formerly G-dcast), the new media studio making Jewish videos, apps and animated series for kids and adults to create a film with Lego characters and props to provide a full explanation of the Sukkot holiday.

The LEGO Sukkot Movie is a thorough description of the holiday in a very entertaining style. We hope you enjoy it as we head into the week of Sukkot celebrations. We'll be celebrating Sukkot and Shabbat for the next three days and we'll be back with more Jewish humor on Sunday.

Chag sameach and Shabbat shalom!

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This video was made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of its Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What Do Los Angeles Cantors Sing When They're Not Singing on the Bimah? Karaoke, Of Course!


What do cantors do when they're not singing Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgical compositions? If they do their cantoring in Los Angeles, they let their hair down and sing some popular karaoke.

In this video, Los Angeles cantors sing a cover of "Stand By Me" in the style of Ben E. King. It's the first of a series of Cantor Karaoke videos produced by the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.

It features Cantor Nathan Lam of Stephen Wise Temple, Cantor Joseph Gole of Sinai Temple, Cantor Chayim Frenkel of Kehillat Israel, Cantor Shira Fox of Beit T’Shuvah, Cantor Yonah Kliger of Temple Judea and Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot of Temple Judea. 

Enjoy!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

A Joke to Start the Week - "A Trip to Miami"


We're in the middle of a month of holidays, and this year none of them fall on Monday. So we're happy to be able to continue our tradition of bringing you a joke every Monday to get the week off to a funny start.

Once again we're dipping into the archives of Old Jews Telling Jokes to bring you another classic old joke. This one is told by Alan Kessler, the president of an American subsidiary of a Japanese construction company.
  
Here's the setup: Irving is sitting at home reading The Forverts, and he sees a little ad that says "Round trip cruise to Miami - $35." And then...

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

500 Years of Jewish Music in 5 Minutes


The Y-Studs, the Yeshiva University a cappella group, has produced a video chronicling the evolution of Jewish music from the 1600s to the present day.

Starting with a brief synagogue melody from the 9th century, the collection jumps to 1600 and a series of 37 songs that paint a musical picture of familiar and most loved Hebrew and Yiddish songs. The collection includes liturgical, secular, and songs from Broadway and popular music. The list of songs appears below the video.

As reported in The Jewish Link of New Jersey,
In collaboration with Ben Bram, arranger of Pentatonix’s original “Evolution of Music,” and some of the best a cappella producers in the industry, the Y-Studs present “Evolution of Jewish Music,” a mega-medley filled with iconic songs spanning centuries of the religion’s rich music culture. Working alongside esteemed Belz School of Jewish Music Yeshiva University, the group researched the vast history of music, from Temple-period chants to modern-day radio hits. Evolution of Jewish Music touches every facet of Jewish culture from 11th-century choral pieces to traditional Yiddish favorites to Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song” and Matisyahu’s “One Day.”
Enjoy!

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COMPLETE SONG LIST: 1. Barchu 2. Quando elray nimrod 3. Maoz Tzur 4. Ofyn Pripichek 5. HaTikvah 6. Shalom Aleich 7. Hava Nagila 8. Bei Mir Bis du sheyn 9. Ani Maamin 10. Sharm el-Sheikh 11. Am Yisrael Chai 12. Oseh Shalom 13. Yerushalaim Shel Zahav 14. If I Were A Rich Man 15. Hafachta 16. Kol HaOlam 17. Adon Olam 18. Baruch HaGever 19. Sh'hechiyanu 20. Minyan Man 21. Mashiach 22. Havdalah 23. Hanukah Song 24. Od Yavoh 25. Acheinu 26. Yachad 27. Anachnu Maaminim 28. HaFinali Balbeli 29. Shabechi 30. V'Ohavta 31. Boiee 32. One Day 33. Vehi Sheamdah 34. Yesh Tikvah 35. Yalili 36. Et Rekod (Mahapecha Shel Simcha) 37. Hashem Melech

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Lighter Side of Yom Kippur - "Desperate to Eat-oh": a Despacito Parody from the San Diego JCC


Last month we posted a Hebrew and English version of the Spanish hit song Despacito by the Maccabeats. The original song, which has been seen more than three billion times on YouTube, has inspired many other versions and parodies.

One of the most recent parodies was filmed by the San Diego JCC at Congregation Beth Israel. It's a lighthearted commentary on the challenges of fasting on Yom Kippur.

Wishing you an easy fast and a G'mar Chatimah Tovah. We'll be back Sunday with more Jewish humor.


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Throwback Thursday Yom Kippur Special: Final Scene of "The Jazz Singer" with Neil Diamond


With this Throwback Thursday coming one day before the Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei service, we're going back 37 years, not for the usual comedy skit, but for the emotional scene toward the end of the 1980 film The Jazz Singer.

In this clip, Neil Diamond as young cantor Yussel Rabinovich who has taken the stage name of Jess Robin, returns to the synagogue of his ailing cantor father (played by Sir Laurence Olivier) and sings Kol Nidrei, leading to a reconciliation.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Comedian Elon Gold on the Uniqueness of the Jewish Calendar

 
Elon Gold is an American comedian, television actor, writer and producer. He starred in the television series Stacked.  He also starred in the short-lived sitcom In-Laws
 
Known for his impressions, including those of Jeff Goldblum, Howard Stern and Jay Leno, Gold was a judge on the ABC celebrity impersonation competition series The Next Best Thing. Gold was also in the movie Cheaper by the Dozen as a cameraman from the Oprah Winfrey show.

Gold attended the Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck, NY and the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MTA)/Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan, NY. He is a practicing Orthodox Jew.

In this clip Elon gives his take on why the Jewish New Year is different from the secular New Year, and the Jewish obsession with time.
 

Enjoy! 

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: New Year Greetings from Children in the Former Soviet Union


Did you know? The Jewish Agency's activities in the former Soviet Union make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of students and young Jews through schools, Hebrew classes, summer camps, Israel travel programs and more. 

A few participants in these programs wanted to wish you a happy, healthy sweet new year!

These children are from Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

From the children and from the staff of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Shana Tova!

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Monday, September 25, 2017

A Joke to Start the Week - "Fishing Trip"


We're in the middle of the High Holiday season, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It's hard to find suitable jokes during this introspective period, so we'll do the best we can with a fishing joke. 

Why fishing? Well, gefilte fish is a popular item this month, and yesterday we posted a video of US Embassy employees in Tel Aviv getting their first taste of it.

Today's joke doesn't involve gefilte fish, but it does include a fishing trip. It's from the archives of Old Jews Telling Jokes, and we're thankful to Sam Hoffman and the Old Jews team for making these priceless gems available to us on YouTube.

The joke teller is paper businessman Ed Pressman. Here's the setup: Sammy and Moishe are on their first fishing trip. They're on a lake and they're catching fish after fish after fish. And then...

Enjoy!

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