Monthly Archives: May 2011

Best of the Week

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The week has come to a close. Let’s take a quick look at the best articles that you hopefully already read.

Meat is great. Meat on sticks sounds even better. Enjoy the warm Spring days by making yourself some lamb kebobs.

Lag Ba’Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, is coming up this weekend! Don’t know what it’s all about? We’ve got you covered.

Lag Ba’Omer is a great excuse to have a barbeque. Be like an Israeli and finish off the meal with some grilled pineapple.

My hair is getting long! But it’s definitely not as long as some little Jewish kids who don’t have their hair cut until they are three. The custom is called upsheren, and it’s also associated with Lag Ba’Omer.

Finally, one more recipe for the road. Try making Sabich, a classic Israeli snack made with eggs and eggplant.

Posted on May 20, 2011

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RIP Randy Savage

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This is the saddest news I’ve heard in a long time. My favorite wrestler growing up, Macho Man Randy Savage, died this morning at the age of 58. Apparently, he had a heart attack while driving and crashed his car into a tree. I’m legitimately sad about this. Sadder than when I heard about Michael Jackson. If you were to go into my childhood bedroom today, you would see, placed squarely in the center of my bed a Macho Man “Wrestling Buddy.” I am not afraid to admit that I slept with that thing every night of my childhood.

I’m not going to go into more details about my love for Randy Savage because, after all, this is a Jewish blog. But doing some reading on the man this morning, I came across a pretty amazing discovery.

Randy Savage, born Randall Poffo, was Jewish!

I don’t know if he was practicing in the slightest or if he even considered himself to be a member of the Tribe, but according to this article, his mother, Judy, was Jewish–and it caused a bit of controversy when she married her Catholic husband.

From his mother: “At the reception,”all the Jewish people were on one side of the room, and all the Catholics were on the other, and his (her husband’s) mother said to him in Italian, ‘What have you done?’ “

Well Randy, you really will be missed.  I hope someone sits shiva for ya.

Posted on May 20, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Born as an Object

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“Man is born as an object, dies like an object, but possesses the ability to live like a subject, like a creator, an innovator, who can impress his own individual seal upon his life and can extricate himself from a mechanical type of existence and enter into a creative, active mode of being.”

Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik

Find more Wise Fridays wisdom on MJL.

Posted on May 20, 2011

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Inside the World of B&H Photo

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We’re huge fans of B&H Photo and Video, the famous camera shop run by Hasidic Jews in the center of Manhattan — one of the best shops in the industry, frequented by photo nuts and Hollywood camerapeople. And today, this news is hitting the web: Somebody purchased a used camera there with a used memory card. On the card was a roll of photos taken behind the scenes of a friendly — but notoriously publicity-shy — operation.

Linhberg, who bought the camera, posted the photos on his blog. His site seems to be running slow, so here are a few, courtesy of PetaPixel, who reposted them:

We speculate that it might be part of a covert campaign for the new reboot of the science-fiction series Little Fuzzy, which has also included ukulele love songs and stuffed animals. Because, well, Hasidim are little and fuzzy.

Posted on May 19, 2011

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A Rabbi On Jeopardy

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A nice catch by Rabbi Jason Miller (and even nicer of him to record it and put it up on YouTube)…

This week, Rabbi Joyce Newmark, a Conservative rabbi from Teaneck, NJ, won $29,000 on Jeopardy. The next episode, Trebek even gave a shout out to her ordination anniversary and asked her what it’s like being a female rabbi. A cool video:

Posted on May 18, 2011

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What’s The Hebrew For Community?

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Just yesterday, Tamar and I were sitting around the office discussing the merits of talking about our favorite television shows on this blog. Of course, the answer is all about context. I’m not just going to rant to you about how all of you should watch Parks & Recreation and how no one watches it, and how if it gets cancelled I will blame each and every single one of you. I would never do that. Because where is the Judaism in all of that?

So there you go. I’m never going to talk about Parks & Rec or Community. The two best comedies on television (apologies to Mayim Bialik and The Big Bang Theory).

Wait! Hold the phone! I found a connection!

I remember when I first fell in love with Community. It wasn’t right away.  I was not blown away by the pilot. However, at the end of their second season, during the final credits, they got me hooked. When Abed and Troy did their improved Spanish rap song, I knew right then and there, that this show was doing something fresh and original.

Still no connection to Judaism you say? Well, two guys in Israel (as far as I can tell, they aren’t on a television show or anything, but prove me wrong), did their own Hebrew version of the rap. It’s pretty amazing too.

So which one do you think is better? The original or the Hebrew parody?

Posted on May 17, 2011

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Jews: Still Rich

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Are you a Reform Jew? Yes? Can I borrow $5,000? I only ask because a new study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that:

Sixty-seven percent of Reform Jewish households made more than $75,000 a year at the time the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life collected the data, compared with only 31 percent of the population as a whole. Hindus were second, at 65 percent, and Conservative Jews were third, at 57 percent.

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There’s also an infographic, but to be honest, I find it somewhat difficult to read.

The Times also has a succinct analysis of why Jews have so much dough:

Many factors are behind the discrepancies among religions, but one stands out. The relationship between education and income is so strong that you can almost draw a line through the points on this graph. Social science rarely produces results this clean.

Hm. Maybe I should go hit the books.

Posted on May 17, 2011

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Do You “Like” My Name?

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A couple in Israel recently decided to name one of their children Like, because of liking things on facebook. They have two other children. One is named Dvash (which means honey) and the other is named Pie (as in strawberry rhubarb).

I might be the only person in the world who doesn’t have an issue with Gwenyth Paltrow naming her kid Apple, but I was horrified by the whole Monroe and Moroccan disaster, and I have to take a stand here and say that this is an absolute shanda. I understand wanting a unique name for your child, but this is not an acceptable option. But perhaps I should be more succinct: DISLIKE.

Also, if you’re looking for some Jewish baby names, try Kveller.com.

Posted on May 16, 2011

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JDate and a Holocaust Movie

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Jdate is sponsoring a new program that’s something like a Jewish Film of the Month club. You can get a Jewish film sent to you on DVD or via streaming once every other month. Now, on the surface I can see how this seemed like a natural partnership. Jewish dating, Jewish movies, of course they go to together. Except that the second movie they plan to send out is:

Protektor,” a Czech film about a journalist who tries to safeguard his Jewish wife by working for a radio station that broadcasts Nazi propaganda.


Forgive me, but I just don’t think of Holocaust movies as being particularly conducive to dating. There’s the infamous Seinfeld episode where he makes out during Schindler’s List, and I’ve heard Kate Winslet is really hot in The Reader, but still, nothing gets me not turned on like Nazis.

As far as I know you can’t buy this club at the same time as you buy a Jdate membership, but I just want to remind everyone involved that it doesn’t bode well for relationships or dates to begin with SS guards. Word to the wise.

Posted on May 13, 2011

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Best of the Week

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Straight from the depths of the dark mind of Jeremy Moses, I present you with the best articles of the week. SCARY.

This week was Yom Ha’atzmaut! It’s kind of like the 4th of July except the British don’t think of it as a national day of mourning.

Speaking of which, here is everything you need to know about the birth of Israel.

If you’re planning a trip to Israel this summer (I’m looking at you Jewish teenagers/my parents), here is a guide to the best food markets (shuks) in the country. NOTE: My parents are not Jewish teenagers.

The Amidah is an amazing prayer that can elevate your spirituality. And even if you don’t feel spiritual at the time, shuckeling can be a fun activity for 3-4 minutes. The key is to close your eyes super tight like you’re trying to break the socket. Then people will think you are holy.

Here is a recipe for Israeli Salad–otherwise known as cucumbers and tomatoes!

I think that’s it! They are pulling me off the stage! Shabbat Shalom.

Posted on May 13, 2011

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