Monday, October 15, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week - "You're Smarter Already"


It's another Monday and time for another Joke to Start the Week. 
  The Forward is producing a series of classic Yiddish jokes presented in Yiddish by Leana Jelen, a young Yiddish-speaking sign-language interpreter. 

Last week we posted a joke that was reported to be the favorite of  Sigmund Freud, the founder of modern psychoanalysis who spent years collecting and studying Jewish jokes. 
This week we have another joke in Yiddish by Leana Jelen, an oldie but goodie in our collection of favorite Jewish jokes. 

Here's the setup: A gentile notices a Jew eating a piece of herring and he asks him: "Why are Jews so smart?" He replies "Because they eat the head of the herring." And then...
If you don't understand Yiddish, watch the English subtitles while Leana tells the joke in Yiddish. Who knows, you might even learn the language!
Enjoy!

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

A NOSH-talgic Look at Jewish Food: History of the Pastrami Sandwich


We've been collecting videos about the origins of classic Jewish foods that bring back mouth-watering memories of the Borscht Belt and the many Kosher delis that were present in Jewish neighborhoods everywhere. Today the Borscht Belt hotels are gone and so are many of the delis.

One of our more popular programs is A NOSH-talgic Look at Jewish Food, with videos and memories of bagels and lox, chicken soup with matzo balls, pickled herring, sour pickles, real seltzer, and even schmaltz. We presented it last month at a brunch in a senior community in New Jersey that got the attendees really hungry. 

Whenever we find a video that makes us hungry for nostalgic Jewish delicacies, we try to share it with you. If you're in the mood for a good pastrami sandwich, take a look at this new video from The Nosher website that reveals the origin of this staple of the Jewish diet.

Enjoy!

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with Shalom Aleichem at Temple B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey


Every Friday we try to find a new version of one of the traditional songs that are sung in the synagogue or in the home to welcome Shabbat.  

Shalom Aleichem is the liturgical poem that signals the start of this special 25 hour weekly respite from the workaday world. 

We never know until Thursday what version of which song we'll be sharing with you on Friday. 
Sometimes it's Adon Olam, Yedid Nefesh, Eishet Chayil, Lechu Neranena, or Yigdal. This week we're sharing yet another version of Shalom Aleichem, as sung by Lucy Fishbein, Assistant Cantor at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca in "Breaking the News"


It's Throwback Thursday again and today we get another chance to go back 67 years to 1951 and another episode of The Hickenloopers on Your Show of Shows.

Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca starred in many episodes of the hilarious marital tribulations of Doris and Charlie Hickenlooper.

In this sketch, Mrs. Hickenlooper (Imogene Coca) tries to gently break the news about an auto accident she had to her husband (Sid Caesar).

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

BREAKING NEWS! Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof Extended Again Through November 18


If you haven't yet seen the highly acclaimed new Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, you can still get tickets because the show has been extended for a third time, through November 18.

Directed by Joel Grey and starring a very talented cast, most of whom learned Yiddish in a few weeks, Fiddler has gotten rave reviews in the media.

One of the accomplished cast members is Adam B. Shapiro, who plays the role of the town rabbi and is understudying the role of Tevye. He has made some YouTube videos called One Man Broadway, in which he plays all of the major characters. Today we're sharing a video that he made singing The Dream from the show, playing the roles of Tevye, Golde, Grandma Tzeitel, and the butcher's departed wife Fruma Sarah.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tumbalalaika Around the World - Italian Singer Stefania Miele Adds Her Version to the Collection


The Yiddish folk love song Tumbalalaika originated in Eastern Europe in the 19th century, but its exact origin is hard to pinpoint. 

That hasn't prevented it from being sung and played over and over, not only in places where Yiddish songs are sung, but just about everywhere in the world, in vocal and instrumental versions, in cabarets and in the movies.

Just as we have followed the songs Hava Nagila, Adon Olam, Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, and Abanibi as they took different forms as interpreted by a wide variety of singers, musicians, and dancers, we're continuing the series today that we started back in 2012, bringing you many interpretations of this universal courting and love song.  

This version is sung by Italian singer Stefania Miele, who gives it new form with a videographic montage shot in various Italian locations. It's the tenth version of Tumbalalaika that we've posted, and we don't expect it to be the last.

Enjoy!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week - "A Yiddish Joke by Sigmund Freud"


It's the first Monday after all the holidays, when we weren't posting Monday jokes because we were in the synagogue. Now that there are no Jewish holidays on the horizon until Chanukah, we're happy to be bringing you jokes to start the week again.

The Yiddish Forward is producing a series of classic Yiddish jokes presented in Yiddish by Leana Jelen, a young Yiddish-speaking sign-language interpreter. This joke was the favorite of none other than Sigmund Freud, the founder of modern psychoanalysis who spent years collecting and studying Jewish jokes. 

While Freud is remembered today as a serious figure it’s clear from this joke that he could also poke fun at both psychiatrists and his fellow Jews.  

If you don't understand Yiddish, watch the English subtitles while Leana tells the joke in Yiddish. Who knows, you might even learn the language!

Enjoy!

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Robin Williams on Jewish Sarcasm and Gentile Humor



In Northwest Iowa, William J. Jackson, a 30-year Purple Heart army veteran and trauma counselor for soldiers, took upon himself the task of founding the "Center for Tanakh-Based Studies." 

He studies and teaches Tanakh, the Jewish Bible, in classes to the local community, as well as hosting Torah study groups. He also conducts an outreach program to a local prison, as a way to deliver Tanakh teachings to the incarcerated.

The center's mission statement says "we only use HaShem’s instructions from Torah/Tanakh to teach and train. We are not affiliated with any sect or denomination of any kind (i.e. Christianity, Judaism, etc. etc.); nor do we teach their beliefs or traditions.If it’s not in YHVH’s written word, we do not teach it."

So, you may be wondering, what does all have to do with Jewish Humor? Well, Jackson has a sense of humor, and he posted a comedy routine by Robin Williams about the birth of Jewish sarcasm and Gentile humor that we're sharing with you today. While we understand that some readers of different faiths may not find it funny, we enjoyed it and hope that you will, too.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with the BBYO Singers - With Guitar Chords


Today we're inviting the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization Singers to lead us into another Shabbat with a collection of traditional melodies. 

BBYO Sings presents the Friday night Shabbat rituals. This video includes: Candle Lighting, Shalom Aleichem, Kiddush, Ritual Handwashing, and Hamotzi. You'll also find companion chords for instrumentation if you'd like to play along or lead these rituals for your community!

BBYO Sings features acclaimed BBYO song leaders Eric Hunker, Happie Hoffman, Stephen Brickman, Deb Winter, Josh Cohen and Rachel Wolman.

Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Billy Crystal and Carl Reiner Remember Sid Caesar


Without Sid Caesar, comedy would have been a lot less funny.

In 1949, television was an infant technology. No one knew how long it would last ... or whether it would last at all. 


A 27-year-old Broadway star, along with a team of writers and performers who would become legendary, including Imogene Coca, Nanette Fabray, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon, and Woody Allen, revolutionized sketch comedy by telling stories rooted in the human condition. They redefined television sketch comedy, and paved the way for landmark comedy shows like Saturday Night Live.

Sid Caesar – The Works is a just released collection of the best work of Caesar and his teams, beginning with The Admiral Broadway Review, through Your Show Of Shows and Caesar's Hour, and featuring many interviews and extras, including the 2014 Paley Center For Media Tribute with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Billy Crystal.


We just ordered this 5 disc, 11 hour set and look forward to watching it soon. We'll try to share whatever we can from it in the coming weeks and months.


In this clip, Billy Crystal talks about his introduction to Sid Caesar and his unique comedy.


Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Ivanka Trump and Kids Head to Shul on Shemini Atzeret


The news media always pay attention when Ivanka Trump gets dressed for shul, and this week her walk to shul on Shemini Atzeret in the Kalorama section of Washington, D.C. was no exception.

This year they focused on her dress and hat, and the scooters that her three kids were riding. The mispronunciations of the automated text reader are always funny, and especially when trying to pronounce Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret.

Back in 2011 we posted a photo from the London Daily Mail showing Ivanka, Jared, and baby Arabella walking to shul in Manhattan on Sukkot. It's still the most viewed post on Jewish Humor Central. What made the photo an example of Jewish humor was the Daily Mail's description of the scene as Ivanka walking with some flowers that her husband bought for her. Actually he was carrying a lulav in plastic wrapping and an etrog in a cardboard box, just like any Jew going to shul on the holiday. 

Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Welcome to Shemini Atzeret with a Simchat Torah Rap by Rap Daddy D


Our month of holidays concludes this week with Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah -- Monday in Israel and Monday and Tuesday everywhere else. 

We'll be celebrating both days in a New Jersey synagogue and we'll be back with our usual mix of funny stuff and Jewish entertainment on Wednesday.

But we have one more chance to share a holiday video with you and we selected the Simchat Torah Rap by David Nachenberg, who also goes by the name Rap Daddy D. The first half of the song is in Hebrew and the second half is in English.

Enjoy, and Chag Sameach!

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Musical Showcase: Meet Mezumenet - Maryland's Female a Cappella Group


Mezumenet is the University of Maryland's Jewish a cappella group. It was founded in December 2008 by four young women who studied (and sang) in Israel together. When they came to the University of Maryland they wanted to continue to share their passion for singing and Jewish culture.

Their repertoire includes traditional Jewish melodies, current Israeli pop, classic rock, current Broadway hits, and contemporary radio hits, all rounded out with their unique Mezumenet parodies. 

Let us Bench is a parody of Be Our Guest from the animated film Beauty and the Beast. It's about the only thing that's left to do after a long Shabbat lunch -- saying the Grace After Meals (Benching). The lyrics appear below the video.

Enjoy, and Shabbat Shalom!

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Let us bench, let us bench
Let us daven like a mensch
We've been sitting here and talking and we really need a rest
Challah's gone, cholent too
So there's one thing left to do
It's halacha and I don't lie
Don't believe me? Ask the rabbi!

Time is short, I'm in a crunch
After all it's way past lunch
And I've already digested all this food
Go on and take that step
This is no time to schlep
So let us bench
Let us bench
Let us bench

I got here at twelve o'clock
And you never stopped your talk
Gossiping, oh it was fun
Oh have you seen the rabbi's son?
But politics don't thrill me
And I have somewhere to be
I don't mean to be complaining
You're no longer entertaining

We told jokes
Heard your schtick
Now come on, let's be quick
Oh the food was really great, I've no regrets
But drain that kiddush glass
Get up and off your--tuchus!
And let us bench
Let us bench
Let us bench

Life is so unnerving
For a girl who's so observing
And my head just needs a bed to lay upon
Ah, those Shabbos naps when I was little
Suddenly those good old naps are gone

For hours we've been sitting
And for me it's time for quitting
I need exercise, a chance to use my limbs
Today we just sat around the table
Flabby, fat, and lazy
And it's making me go crazy

Let's not bench, let's not bench
It's not something we suggest
You haven't been here all that long
And dear quite frankly you're our guest
So sit down, eat more food
It's not time yet to conclude
'Til the moonlight starts a-glowing
Let us help you, we'll keep going

Course by course
Song by song
We'll stay here 'til day is done
Then Mez can sing you off to sleep as you digest
We know you love to schmooze
(But I've just got to snooze!)
So let's not bench (So let us bench!)
Let's not bench (Let's bench!)
Let's not bench (Miriam, you pulled this last week, I'm not doing it again!)
Please let's not bench (The rabbi's son would be so disappointed!)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: George Burns at 93 on the Johnny Carson Show


When George Burns was 93 years old in 1989 he was interviewed by Johnny Carson on his Tonight Show. In the interview Burns reminisced about the many entertainers that he knew and wrote about in his book All My Best Friends, including Al Jolson, Groucho Marx, and Jack Benny.

Burns, who lived to be 100, had Carson laughing as he joked about outliving his doctors and his habit of smoking between 15 and 20 cigars every day.
   
Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday    #TBT

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

High Holiday Special: A Tunisian Piyut (Liturgical Poem) and Request for Redemption


The liturgical poem (Piyut) “Come to Us with Mercy” was composed by the scholar and lyricist, Freha bat Avraham bar Adiva.

Freha was born in Morocco in the 18th century, and migrated with her family to Tunis due to the pogroms in Morocco. The pogroms spread to Tunis in the 1750’s, causing Freha’s father and brothers to flee. Freha’s fate is not known.

She wrote the piyut “Come to Us with Mercy,” with its chorus “Who at morning time hears my voice” as a private supplication to the Almighty, and a request to bring redemption to the Jewish people.

The words of the supplication teach us about the riots against the people of Tunis and of Freha’s hopes to be saved and for the Land of Israel to be freed from Ottoman rule. She describes this hope by praying that Israel would inherit the land from “the hand of Ishmael” (MiYad Yishmaeli). Her request seems a little strange to people of our time, however, in her time – such a request was appropriate. Some have called to slightly alter the words in order to reflect the return of the Jewish people to their land, so that it reads “Immediately – My God will hear” (MiYad – Yishma Eli).

In the sixth verse, we learn about Freha’s personal hardship and suffering, when she uses the nickname“Bat Yosef – Daughter of Joseph”, hinting at the biblical name of the Jewish people “House of Joseph”. This is a unique, feminine personification of a people that longs to return to its land, and over the years the nickname “Bat Yosef” became her nom de plume.

It is customary to sing the piyut in Sephardic congregations during the High Holidays and in many Masorti congregations in Israel during Rosh Hashanah services. The poem can be found in the Masorti Machzor Pote’ach Sha’ar for the High Holidays.

Cantor Saralee Shrell-Fox, a member of Maayanot, a Masorti congregation in Jerusalem, and a cantor at Moreshet Yisrael, composed this beautiful melody for Freha Bat Avraham's piyut together with her son Maayan. 

It may be that many liturgical poems have been written by women and have disappeared over the generations. Freha’s supplication might only be one example amongst a wealth of poems and feminine creation that was produced in Spain and in North Africa. By re-introducing liturgy written by women into our prayers today, we reclaim a feminine voice that has been lost to us.

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(A tip of the kippah to Dan Mosenkis for bringing this piyut to our attention.)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

"Big Bang Theory" Actress Mayim Bialik Builds a Sukkah


With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur behind us, our attention turns to Sukkot, one of the happiest holidays in the Jewish calendar.

We hope you had an easy and meaningful fast, and now it's time to plan our feasts for the eight-day holiday of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.

Some start building a sukkah immediately after Yom Kippur, and many sukkot went up last night and today.

One of the sukkah building projects was done by actress Mayim Bialik.

You may know Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon Cooper's neuroscientist girlfriend (now wife) on The Big Bang Theory, but in real life she really is a neuroscientist who identifies as an Orthodox Jew.

In August 2015, Bialik launched her own lifestyle website, GrokNation, which caters to women and includes wide-ranging topics such as religion, popular culture, parenting, and Hollywood.

Bialik also mentioned in her interviews that her website's title was in reference to the classic 1961 sci-fi novel Stranger in a Strange Land and was derived from the word grok, which means to fully grasp something in the deepest way possible.

In this video Mayim  shows you how she built her sukkah last year and what it looks like when completed.  There's time lapse and drone footage.

Whether you built your own sukkah or whether you'll be spending time this week in the sukkah of a friend or a synagogue, we wish you good weather and a very happy holiday. We will be celebrating a family Sukkot and we'll be in shul Monday and Tuesday. We'll be back on Wednesday with our usual mix of Jewish humor.

Enjoy, and Chag Sameach!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with Adon Olam in a Hungarian Synagogue


We have been posting versions of Adon Olam from all over the world, 43 so far. Every week we search the Internet for new interpretations of this classic Shabbat morning hymn. 

And today we're posting our 44th Adon Olam, this one from the Leo Frankel Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary. The occasion was a festive concert on September 3, the 130th birthday of the Synagogue.

There are 400 seats in the synagogue that was built in 1888. In the 1920’s a block building was built around it to protect it. It's a Neolog synagogue which is the mainstream denomination in Hungary. It’s somewhere between Conservative and Modern Orthodox.

– Men and women sit separated but without a mechitzah.
– It is not egalitarian: women are not counted to the minyan neither called for aliyah.
– Most congregants celebrate rather than keep Shabbat.

And they are very enthusiastic, as you can see from the joyous singing of Adon Olam.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Milton Berle as Elvis Presley's Twin Brother Melvin


With Yom Kippur in the rear view mirror, we hope you all had an easy and meaningful fast.

Now in this festive month of one holiday after another, we're taking a Throwback Thursday comedy break and turning the clock back to 1956. That's 62 years ago. 

Back then, color TV was just beginning to become available and most programming was in black and white. Milton Berle was in his prime and on his way to becoming the king of television. In 1956 he did a special with Elvis Presley on the deck of the U.S.S. Hancock in which Elvis introduced him as his twin brother Melvin Presley. 

After a couple of minutes of patter, they put their guitars to work in a rendition of Blue Suede Shoes

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Getting Ready for Yom Kippur with Avinu Malkeinu


Yom Kippur begins tonight with Kol Nidrei and ends tomorrow night with the singing of Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King.) The prayer is chanted at the end of the Neilah service before the last shofar blast of the High Holidays.

There are many versions of Avinu Malkeinu, but one of the most popular is the one composed by Max Janowski. Today we're sharing that version as sung a year ago in New York's Park Avenue Synagogue by cantors Azi Schwartz, Shira Lessek, and Rachel Brook. The words appear below the video.

We hope it puts you in the proper mood to experience a meaningful day of prayer and reflection. We'll be in synagogue all day tomorrow and back on Thursday with our usual Jewish Humor Central mix.

G'mar Chatimah Tovah!



Our father our king, hear our prayer
We have sinned before Thee
Have compassion upon us and upon our children
Help us bring an end to pestilence, war, and famine
Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth
Inscribe us for blessing in the Book Of Life
Let the new year be a good year for us

Avinu malkeinu sh'ma kolenu
Avinu malkeinu chatanu l'fanecha
Avinu malkeinu chamol aleynu
V'al olaleynu v'tapenu

Avinu malkeinu
Kaleh dever v'cherev v'raav mealeynu
Avinu malkeinu kaleh chol tsar
Umastin mealeynu

Avinu malkeinu
Avinu malkeinu
Kotvenu b'sefer chayim tovim
Avinu malkeinu chadesh aleynu
Chadesh aleynu shanah tovah

 

Monday, September 17, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week - "A Yom Kippur Hole in One"


It's another Monday. Time for another joke to start the week. But it's also the day before Yom Kippur eve. What to do? How to be true to both traditions? There has to be a joke about Yom Kippur that will fit the bill. But where?

Enter the Internet, and Google. It wasn't easy, but we found one, and here it is, as told by a puppet on the Beliefnet website.

Here's the setup: A rabbi loved to play golf, but he never seemed to have time. He couldn't play on Shabbat, there was religious school on Sundays, and on days off something always comes up. But amidst all the activity of the High Holidays, he got a very early tee time before services on Yom Kippur. And then...

Enjoy!


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Sunday, September 16, 2018

U.S. Ambassador Makes Emergency Trip to Jerusalem Shuk for Rosh Hashanah


A few days before Rosh Hashanah, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman discovered that the  jar of honey that he was going to use for the first night of the holiday was missing from his new office in Jerusalem. It probably got lost in the move from Tel Aviv. 

So, after a quick call to his wife, he ended up in Mahane Yehuda, the Jerusalem shuk, where he was able to find a solution to his problem and to wish a Shanah Tovah to all of us.

Enjoy!

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: Jerusalem Cantors Choir Sings "Am Yisrael Chai" in New Synagogue in Serbia


Thirty cantors who lead services year-round in Jerusalem synagogues also sing in the Jerusalem Cantors Choir, with performances in Israel and beyond.

In July the choir traveled to Subotica, Serbia for the dedication of a renovated synagogue there. The cantors performed a full program of Israeli and Jewish songs that included Hatikvah, Oseh Shalom, Chiribim, Jerusalem of Gold, Al Kol Eleh, and many others.

Here is their rendition of Am Yisrael Chai. Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Sid Caesar in "The Commuters: Small Apartment"


When Your Show of Shows was canceled in 1954, Sid Caesar started a new show called Caesar's Hour. The popular series of sketches called The Hickenloopers, about a bickering married couple, was recast as The Commuters, with Nanette Fabray playing Sid's wife as Imogene Coca had played in The Hickenloopers.

In this 1955 episode, "The Small Apartment," Bob and Nan Victor (Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray) try to host a dinner party for three couples in a city apartment that's far too small for the task. Meanwhile, their guests continually needle them about their spacious suburban homes.
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

How "Old Jews Telling Jokes" Got Started


Old Jews Telling Jokes has been around since 2008, first as a web site, then as a CD, book, DVD, and an off-Broadway show that has been traveling all around the USA.

It was the creation of Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman, who got the idea from listening to their parents telling jokes with their friends in central New Jersey.

In this NJTV News interview, Hoffman tells the story of how his idea blossomed into a source of laughter for so many people. 

Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Wishing All of Our Readers a Shanah Tovah - Happy New Year 5779

Thanks to our thousands of loyal subscribers and casual readers worldwide who have joined us during the year.

We started this blog on October 5, 2009 and it's been going strong with more than 2600 blog entries and almost 3 million page views over the last nine years.  


We appreciate your loyalty and we hope to keep bringing you a daily mix of Jewish humor in all of its forms -- traditional, eclectic, musical, unbelievable but true, and just funny, tempered with touches of nostalgia and Yiddishe nachas. 

5778 has been a great year for us -- a year of wonderful friendship, a year in which our nine books on Jewish humor have been selling on Amazon.com, and in which we performed 18 comedy shows and lectures in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Montreal.


We'll be attending services for Rosh Hashanah tomorrow and Tuesday, and we'll be back posting again on Wednesday.  Here's wishing a happy, healthy, joyous, prosperous and funny New Year from our family to yours! 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Getting Ready for Rosh Hashanah with Psalm 150 (Halleluyah) Sung by Zamir Chorale

 
With Rosh Hashanah starting on Sunday evening, we're taking a break from pop music songs about the holiday and getting in the liturgical mood with a selection from the Shofarot section of the Musaf service.

It's a beautiful rendition of Psalm 150 (Halleluyah) with music by Louis Lewandowski. It's sung by the participants of the 28th Annual North American Jewish Choral Fesitval conducted by Maestro Mathew Lazar, Founder and Director of the Zamir Choral Foundation.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Sid Caesar At the Movies


It's another Throwback Thursday and time for another comedy special from the past. Today we're going back 67 years to 1951 when Your Show of Shows was the weekly show you just had to watch. 

The regulars on the show were Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris. All four of them appear in this comedy sketch. 

Sid goes to the movies and settles into his seat. Before long he finds himself embroiled in an argument between a bickering couple played by Imogene Coca and Carl Reiner. Then the sparks fly.

Enjoy!

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