Here is some sad news to start your weekend. Today, after two years and nine months, is my last day at MyJewishLearning.com. I came here as the Editorial Fellow. I leave today…as the Editorial Fellow.
I’ve grown a lot since I got here, but I’m happy to report that I still have trouble figuring out the difference between “its” and “it’s.” However, I’m starting to get a handle on the spelling of “embarrassing.”
It is really tough to say goodbye to a place like MJL, but offers to be the next General Manager of the Portland Trail Blazers don’t come every day. Plus, I hear that Portland has wonderful coffee.
I’d like to thank Daniel Septimus, Editor-in-Chief of MyJewishLearning.com, as well as all the other people who work here whom I’ve neglected to learn their names. Though they do seem like overall good people. Sorry for all the tantrums and cursing. It was all in the heat of the moment.
That’s it from me but don’t worry. You can still find me on the internet.
Oh yes, yes, yes. It’s June. Did you know that June is Spanish for “happiness”? Don’t look that up.
Shavuot is less than a week away. Make sure you clean up your kitchen and throw away all of your matzah.
Why do I love Shavuot so much? Because it involved cheesecake. Like, as much as you want.
Yeah, sure, blintzes are cool and everything. No doubt. But when you throw strawberries and rhubarb into the mix? Well, I can’t be held responsible for what happens next…
On Shavuot we read and study the Book of Ruth. Don’t ask me why. Click the link and you’ll know.
The mikveh is like skinny dipping except you aren’t drunk. Go and visit one sometime.
Finally, Kveller came out with some pretty hilarious videos about putting your kids to bed and getting them to eat. I was always taught not to eat right before you go to bed, so wait a couple hours between watching both videos.
It’s gotta be tough to be a struggling actor. You gotta go from audition to audition, trying to act professional while the casting director throw tasks at you that sometimes look like they are just messing with you–seeing if you will crack under the pressure.
So what would you do if you were an actor auditioning for a role as a parent, and you were asked to act more Jewish? Would you even know what to do? In fact, what does that even mean–act more Jewish? What if you weren’t even Jewish? Would you have the slightest idea of what to do?
Our friends at Kveller.com took these theoreticals and brought it to life, staging a casting call, bringing in real actors…and putting them in uncomfortable situations.
Check out the hilarious results:
While you might be getting excited for next week’s Shavuot extravaganza (since when does receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai not count as an extravaganza?), you probably forgot about today’s Jewish holiday–Yom Yerusalayim (Jerusalem Day). It’s easy to forget the day. It’s not mentioned in the Bible, the Talmud or any classic Jewish book. In fact, the holiday has only been around since 1968, when the Israeli Knesset designated the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, captured in the 6-Day War, to be a national holiday.
With the holiday in mind, I’ve compiled my favorite Jerusalem videos of the moment. Enjoy and chag sameach.
1) Jerusalem Time Lapse Video:
3) Jerusalem in 1967:
4) Ofra Haza–Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold):
5) Jerusalem 2111: Last Stand (this one’s a little different…):
A very important update from last week. I mentioned in last Friday’s Best of the Week that I needed a haircut. Various reports have confirmed that I indeed did get a haircut on Lag Ba’Omer. I just ask that the paparazzi give me my space at this time.
You see a lot of pastries featuring rhubarb. Pies, cobblers, strudels, you name it. But rarely do you see people just eating rhubarb. I don’t think the fruit vendor down the street even has rhubarb. And if he did, he would probably laugh at me for even hinting at eating rhubarb on its own. Well anyways, here’s a recipe for rhubarb rugelach.
Shavuot is always the forgotten little brother of Sukkot and Passover. But all three are given great importance in the Bible, being designated as pilgrimage festivals.
Another recipe! This time, it’s cheese lokshen kugel.
I’m always stressed out by etiquette rules at other people’s homes. DO I TAKE OFF MY SHOES OR NOT?!!?!?!??!?!!? While Judaism doesn’t specifically answer that question, it does have some things to say about etiquette whether you are a guest or you are hosting guests.
Is that it? Sure! Have a good weekend!
The Bible doesn’t do the best job of letting the main characters tell their side of the story. Take Moses for example. He must have been pretty pissed when God made him go speak in front of Pharoah even though he stated clearly that he had a stutter.
Another example is Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were both flawed characters who messed up when it counted most. But they also seem like overall nice people.
So if we gave Adam and Eve the podium, and asked them how they met, what exactly happened in the Garden of Eden, etc., what would they say?
Oh good news! Justin Bieber, King of the Universe, got a tattoo–and it’s in Hebrew!
But before we Jews get too excited about the potential of the Biebs converting to Judaism, there is a slight issue to overcome first. The tattoo, located on his rib cage, spells out the name “Yeshu,” which roughly translates (and by roughly, I mean accurately) to “Jesus.” So unless the tattoo is dedicated to his good friend Jesus, I’m pretty sure Justin is dedicated to Christianity for the long haul…
(H/T The Daily)
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.
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.
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: