Yiddishkayt

Posted on December 17th, 2018
Yiddishkayt.org

 

What's with the resurgence of Yiddish these days. There's the proliferation of Yiddish newspapers, a new Yiddish production of "Fiddler on the Roof," and many more universities offering Yiddish as a major, or at least language classes. 

 

Did you know there's a website devoted to all things Yiddish? Yiddish has always been an evolving language so with ties to the past and it's feet firmly in the present, check out this incredible website.

 

 

10 Contemporary Israeli Artists To Watch In 2019

Posted on December 10th, 2018
By Inbal Sinai, NoCamels


The Israeli art scene is dynamic and diverse, reflecting the start-up nation’s spirit with an abundance of creativity and daring. It boasts a lively ecosystem, located mainly in Tel Aviv, which has recently seen a shift to the south part of the city due to gentrification, and is host to numerous art museums, alternative spaces, studios, and galleries displaying sophisticated work.

 

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Why Adam Sandler Is Funny

Posted on December 3rd, 2018
By Liel Leibovitz for Tablet Magazine


The comic’s new Netflix special is a masterpiece of emotionally honest, intimate, and hilarious comedy


Contemporary American comedy is, with very few exceptions, a jittery mess. If you want to understand why, pick any five comics who worked between, say, 1930 and 1990, and listen to their acts. Styles, themes, and temperaments will vary, but one thing does not: They are telling you the truth.

 The golden age of American comedy was golden because it reflected actual lived experience. The personas of the greatest American comedians, down to their signature tics, were rooted in their own, often gut-wrenching, personal lives. The way Rodney Dangerfield shifts uneasily on Carson’s chair, crossing and uncrossing his legs and fixing his tie twice a minute? It’s not shtick, or, at least, not entirely; it’s the vestigial anxiety of a poor Jewish kid who saw his father twice a year, sold ice cream on the beach to make ends meet, and didn’t find success until he was 46.

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The Secret Jewish History Of Robin Hood

Posted on November 26th, 2018
By Seth Rogovoy for The Forward
 

Robin Hood is well known as a defender of oppressed populations. But one aspect of his story that has mostly been lost to time, however, is his role as protector of Jews, who figured prominently in ballads and dramatic texts that began appearing in 15th- and 16th-century England. Aside from his fundamental mission of tikkun olam — repairing the world via a forced redistribution of wealth, aka stealing from the rich and giving to the poor — Robin Hood was originally portrayed as a champion of all the oppressed, whether they be peasants, Muslims, disinherited kings, scorned Crusaders, anti-clerics or Jews.

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25 Years of Loving ‘The Nanny’

Posted on November 19th, 2018
By Elyssa Goodman for Tablet Magazine 


Fran Drescher’s legendary character has been leaving high-heel marks on our hearts since 1993


On the evening of Nov. 3, 1993, Fran Fine traveled over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffields’ door. And by now, 25 years later, you know all too well what happened next. She was there, of course, to sell makeup but the father saw more: that she had style, she had flair, she was there; and that’s how she became the nanny.

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