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  • Rashida Jones and Jimmy Fallon rock a new Dreidel song

    Actress Rashida Jones showed up for an awesome holiday duet that covers popular songs and changes them into a festive spirit. Among the highlights… Jones, who’s half Jewish, and Fallon, performing the Chanukah version to Flo Rida’s “Whistle” — check it out (01:41-02:11)! “Just put your fingertips together and you say ‘Shalom!’” More ▸

  • A Larry David Thanksgiving

    Larry David published an animated video on “Funny or Die” about how his Thanksgiving was growing up in Brooklyn. The result: well, exactly how you would expect a Larry David Thanksgiving to be. Larry David’s Thanksgiving Special from Larry David         More ▸

  • So yeah, there’s a Yom Kippur cover song now too

    The “take a popular song and change its lyrics to be more Jewish” YouTUbe trend used to be valid for Rosh Hashanah/Passover/Sukkot/Purim. For some reason, the holiest of Jewish days, Yom Kippur, day of atonement if you may, was untouched. You know, it’s a really serious day. Until this happened: Breaking Down Mechitzas – “Glad You Prayed”… More ▸

  • A guide to the top 5773 Rosh Hashanah YouTube videos!

    Every year our Facebook friends, Twitter followers and fellow emailers send us Rosh Hashanah videos.
    They are usually parodies of popular songs — and amateurish (or sometimes too professional). Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re endearing, but most times they kind of get old after the, umm, 100th share. So we decided to ease on the pre-holiday headache and put this year’s top Rosh Hashanah videos on one ultimate page for you to share. We just want your newsfeed to be clean and tidy — it’s a new year, you know.
    Shana Tova!
    Here they are…
    1. The “Boy Bands Are Cool Again!” video
    Aish – “What Makes Rosh Hashanah Beautiful”  (based on One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”)  More ▸

  • Watch the Rosh Hashanah Robot Hip Hop Song!

    The Technion came out with this electronic version of the traditional Jewish Rosh Hashanah song “Shanah Tovah.” The video features the best of Technion robots (breakdancing!), some hip hop dancers, and even a special cameo by Technion President Peretz Lavie and the 2011 Nobel Laureate Prof. Dan Shechtman. Shanah Tovah! More ▸

  • The Kickstarter Chanukah Sweater project is warm, fuzzy and festive

    Confession: I love Christmas sweaters. I really do. I also think that the custom “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” every holiday is a chance for everyone to show what happens when Santa Claus throws up all over them in the form of red and green cotton (and if you’re really lucky – some shiny stars!). That’s why I… More ▸

  • Bloomberg goes Gaga

    In possibly the most unlikely pairing of the holiday season (egg nog and matzo ball soup are delicious together, ok??), Lady Gaga and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared a midnight smooch at the Times Square New Year’s ball drop. The mayor was decked out in a fantastic sweater that would be welcome at any… More ▸

  • Thursday listicles!

    Take a break from trolling the internets for “Best of 2011” lists, and check out these “Best of Jewiness” lists instead! The 25 Best Jewish References in Rap: (Complex Magazine) Who doesn’t love lyrics like “So on my day off/With David Sonnenberg I play golf/ Run through Crown Heights screaming out Mazel Tov”?    … More ▸