Holocaust Memorial Day began last night at sunset. Pretty much everything shuts down – bars, restaurants, shops etc. Television programming is all Holocaust and Shoah-related while the radio played only sad songs. People gathered formally and informally to talk about the Holocaust or watch Holocaust themed movies. It’s a pretty big deal here in Israel. […]

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Remember when they used to call Matisyahu the “Chassidic Reggae Superstar?” It was an easy designation because Matisyahu appeared on late night television singing Jewish-themed reggae songs while wearing the chassidic garb of a Lubavitcher Jew. That’s probably why many saw him as more of a gimmick than a musician and artist. But marketing slogans […]

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Writing this review in the middle of Passover, one would think a movie about yet even more Matzo is more of an American nightmare than an American dream. However, while all my meals this week involve Matzo, unleavened bread is just part of the story related by Michael Levine’s documentary Streit’s: Matzo and the American […]

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Just in time for Passover, the fine folks at React added a new segment to their People vs. Food series. In this clip, they take a group of cute and innocent kids and subject them to Gefilte Fish. Among many Ashkenazi Jews, Gefilte Fish is an obligatory part of all Sabbath and holiday meals. Some, […]

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Matzo Brei is a really simple treat to make for Passover, and yet, people mess it up ALL THE TIME! Jewlicious presents this easy recipe that you can make in unbder 15 minutes. Add whatever sweetener you like. It’s yummy, and pretty and isn’t a friggin’ Matzo omelette. Gross. You can get the full recipe […]

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What happens when you ask Egyptians to eat Matza, Maror and Geffilte fish? Something ugly, that’s for sure. The Egyptians in this funny video, authored improbably by Netanyahu house organ Yisrael Hayom, are certainly gracious and good humored. It seemed to me however, that they really, really regretted enslaving the Jews and if […]

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Since as early as 2008, Ben & Jerry’s in Israel has been producing a Kosher for Passover Charoset flavored ice cream. Charoset is one of the food items traditionally placed on seder plates by Jews around the world. The Ashkenazi variety is typically a paste made up of apples, nuts, wine and cinnamon meant to […]

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This was submitted by one of our visitors. It’s a documentary about Judaism in Dutch. The nappy headed host visits a Jewish cemetery, a Jewish school, and he attends services and even a Sabbath meal. We don’t usually post videos that aren’t in English but it’s always a relief to get a submission that isn’t […]

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Jerusalem is a city that has been riven with conflict for centuries. And yet, if you look just below the surface, you’ll find innumerable examples of civility, fun and yes, even pure joy. The short 30 second clip above was taken at the new Teddy Park across from the Mamila Mall and Jaffa Gate. There […]

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Tuna’s track גם זה יעבור – “This Too Will Pass” is a trip down Israeli 90s memory lane. In keeping with a well worn tradition of male Israeli singers, the song’s tone and timber is depressing as fuck, sort of. However, if you read the translation below, what’s remarkable is how much Israeli nostalgia is […]

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