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Archive for November, 2011

Parodies of the “Christmas” Videos

Here are some funny parodies of the videos discussed here. I also did a little searching and the videos were skewered for different reasons by almost every Israeli media outlet online when they were released in September: NRG, Globes, Walla, The Marker. The reaction of a number of Israelis living abroad varied from “You can’t […]

Happy Birthday Danny Sanderson

Danny Sanderson, who has been an important figure in Israeli music since the 1970′s, is 61 year old today. The first video is from his early days with Poogy. The second is a more recent one, a duet with Ninet Tayeb.

Studying Torah in Tel Aviv

One only has to look at today’s Jerusalem Post to see a number of articles about the problematic relationship between Israelis and religion, and between groups of Israelis that are found in different places when it comes to religious observance, belief, etc. But, there is also another side of the coin. Israel’s Channel Two had […]

Jews on the Moon

There’s a new blog in Hebrew about Jewish-related subjects, יהודים על הירח (“Jews on the Moon”). If the first few posts are any indication of what is to come, it’s a welcome addition to the blogosphere. (hat tip)

The Story was “Broken” A While Ago

A few months ago the Israeli Ministry of Absorption and Aliyah began a campaign whose target audiences were Israelis in Israel with family or friends living aboard and Israelis living abroad. There were a number of advertisements in both the Israeli media and Israeli newspapers that are sold in America. Mostly Kosher posted about the […]

The Strange Case of December 4th

As we are nearing an important bi-annual change in Jewish liturgy, it might be worthwhile to (re)read the following two articles: Arnold and Daniel Lasker, “The Strange Case of December 4,” in Conservative Judaism, Fall 1985 (Vol. 38 No. 1). (here); and “VeTen Tal U-Matar: What is So Holy about the 4th (or 5th or […]

Cursing the Christians?: A History of Birkat HaMinim

Ruth Langer’s book on Birkat HaMinim, Cursing the Christians?: A History of the Birkat HaMinim has just been published. From the preview on Google Books it looks like an informative read. For a discussion of this blessing in an earlier historical context, see Yaakov Teppler’s Birkat haMinim: Jews and Christians in Conflict in the Ancient […]

Quote for UN Partition Day-November 29

From James Kirchick (here): Introducing the term “pinkwashing” into the mainstream debate about the Arab-Israeli conflict is edifying in at least one respect: It lays bare the delusion, paranoia, and cynicism of the Jewish state’s most earnest detractors. In their minds, any positive statement made about the country is necessarily part of a propaganda campaign […]

The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism

My close friend Sharon Koren’s book, Forsaken: The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism, has been released. This book addresses a central question in the study of Jewish mysticism in the medieval and early modern periods: why are there no known female mystics in medieval Judaism, unlike contemporaneous movements in Christianity and Islam? Koren demonstrates that […]

Jews on the New Testament

John Hobbins has an insightful review into the recently released book, The Jewish Annotated New Testament. John writes: The Jewish Annotated New Testament, hereafter JANT in this review, is meant to meet the needs of discrete (and occasionally overlapping) sets of readers: (1) Jews, (2) Christians, and (3) readers who approach the New Testament without […]

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