Hannukah means another holiday video by the Maccabeats. It’s as inevitable as Christmas envy, Matzoball parties and latkes vs. sufganiyot debates. This year the a capella boys from Yeshiva University do a parody of “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk the Moon, while sharing their latke recipe. Here’s an actual latke recipe you can use […]

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…while singing Yiddish folk songs. Hans Breuer, the subject of the 2005 book Schlepping Through the Alps: My Search for Austria’s Jewish Past with Its Last Wandering Shepherd witnessed the growing refugee crisis in Europe. As the son of Jewish parents who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and became homeless refugees, the situation struck […]

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Adrian Chen at the New Yorker wrote a long, well researched piece on the role Twitter played in Megan Phelps-Roper’s decision to leave the Westboro Baptist Church, founded by her grandfather Fred Phelps. The piece, written for New Yorker’s annual technology issue showed how a twitter discussion between Megan and David Abitbol of Jewlicious fed […]

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The RCA is one of the world’s largest organizations of Orthodox rabbis and is the main professional rabbinical association within Modern Orthodoxy in the United States. Recently, the RCA passed a resolution which states, “RCA members with positions in Orthodox institutions may not ordain women into the Orthodox rabbinate, regardless of the title used; or […]

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Eitan Chitayat put together this spoken word presentation that spans the width and breadth of pretty much every kind of Jew there is, interspersed with inspirational commentary. These are tough times for the Jews and this inspirational video has come at the right time. Eitan wrote: Lest any Jew forgets – because of all the […]

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“The deepest question any of us can ask is: Who am I? To answer it we have to go deeper than, Where do I live? or What do I do? The most fateful moment in my life came when I asked myself that question and knew the answer had to be: I am a Jew. […]

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Just in time for the Days of Awe, Darshan, the neo-hasidic folk-rap duo release a new music video, “Know Return”, a poetic meditation on the spiritual cycle of Teshuva that characterizes the months of Elul and Tishrei, including Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur. Through a series of dream-like tableaus, colorful moving images […]

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…to start with a song that is actually good. Not merely popular but good. If you go with the popular songs you run the risk of someone else doing the same thing. Also popularity is just no guarantee of quality. Case in point, the UJS is a Jewish student group with chapters all across campuses […]

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YidLife Crisis is an improbable Web series featuring 2 Jewish guys, Jaimie Elman and Eli Batalion from Montreal. They kvetch, kibbitz and pontificate – but unlike other shows about nothing, this one is entirely in Yiddish. Season 1 was a hoot and a holler and I was as surprised as anyone when the […]

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“Niedernation” brings us a Rosh Hashanah parody of Cheerleader by OMI. OMI’s three year old mix of an even older song spent 6 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 this year making it the song of the summer based on its chart performance. But let’s face it – Cheerleader is a shit song atop a […]

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